Retail food: restaurants and grocery stores

The Mission of the Retail Food Program is to provide effective means for the prevention of foodborne illnesses in Colorado. The vision of the program is to promote and protect public health through education and partnerships to advance food safety. Restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, catering operations, food trucks and push-carts must have a retail food license.

Get a sales tax license will take you to the Colorado Department of Revenue. Sales tax licenses are required to operate a retail food establishment.

Additional licensing may be required

Depending on the type of business, you may need some or all of the license types below:

Business License

Contact your local city office.

City/County sales tax license

Contact the local city/county taxation office.

Liquor License

Colorado Department of Revenue

Federal tax ID number (TIN, EIN, ITIN, etc.)

Internal Revenue Service or visit your local IRS office.

Building permit

Contact your regional building department.



303-692-3645, option #1


For invoicing questions

303-692-3645, option #4