Permits and Licenses
All vendors are required to ensure their own compliance with all applicable licensing and permitting requirements, as well as with any and all applicable city, state and federal laws, statutes and regulations. Some of those items that may apply are set forth below.
Vendors are required to comply with City and County of Denver and State of Colorado policies; all taxes, licenses, permits and liability/product insurance are the responsibility of the Vendor.
All Vendors are required to have a State of Colorado Sales Tax License.
Vendors selling food must have a temporary retail food license from the City and County of Denver (if you have a temporary restaurant permit from another City you are required to obtain a permit from the City of Denver as well
If you will have an open flame at your booth please contact the City of Denver Fire Department for information on receiving an open flame permit.
Vendors are required to have all documentation and permits on site during the Farmers Market. It is the sole responsibility of the vendor to comply with special event city policies.
The Denver Tax Rate is 4.31%
Further information on temporary retail food license
To obtain a temporary retail food license, you must:
Complete an Affidavit of Commissary. A commissary kitchen is a licensed, inspected commercial kitchen that is used for food and equipment storage, food preparation, and ware-washing. The affidavit of commissary must be completed by you in conjunction with the commissary operator. If your commissary kitchen is outside the City and County of Denver, the establishment must be currently licensed with the proper regulatory agency.
Complete the Temporary Restaurant Acknowledgement Letter. This letter specifies requirements pertaining to the operation of your temporary restaurant. Please be aware that in addition to the requirements outlined in the acknowledgement letter, the temporary restaurant shall operate within the rules and regulations of the City and County of Denver Food Establishment Regulations.
Submit the completed forms to the Denver Department of Environmental Health, Public Health Inspection at 200 W. 14th Ave, Suite 200 via fax at 720-865-5532 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. After review of both documents, an approved Affidavit of Commissary and a copy of the acknowledgement letter will be returned to the operator. A copy of both documents will be kept on file at the Denver Department of Environmental Health.
Submit the approved Affidavit of Commissary to the Denver Department of Excise & Licenses, located on the 2nd floor at the Wellington Webb Building at 201 W. Colfax Avenue, to obtain a Temporary Restaurant License.
The Colorado Cottage Foods Law: Passed in 2012 allows for the manufacture and sale of some baked goods without any licensing or regulatory requirements. See this link for more information under the “Guidance on Colorado Cottage Foods Bill” heading.
Operating under this law will have a number of requirements that must be adhered to, including education requirements and a cap on the amount of revenue generated. Also these foods can only be sold retail—not wholesale. In order to operate under this law at a temporary event, a vendor must have all their food prepackaged (no open food handling at the event) and labeled according to the requirements in the law (see the link for more info).