City Clerk Update: Liquor Server Training and Special Events

By Audrey Gilpin, Deputy City Clerk

A free liquor server training class will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. March 28 at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds, 10165 CR 120. Brian Osterhouse with the Colorado Department of Revenue, Liquor Enforcement Division, will conduct the class. The class is sponsored by the City of Salida and Chaffee County.

A written test will be given to all class participants, and a certificate of completion will be issued upon passing the test. Don’t worry – the test is not hard! We strongly recommended employees of liquor establishments as well as special event organizers and volunteers who serve alcohol attend the class. Please call Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Joyce Reno at 530-5600 by March 23 with the number of attendees from your organization or business.

Speaking of alcohol – Salida, Buena Vista and Chaffee County Law Enforcement Agencies are in the process of creating a Liquor Enforcement Team. This team will visit local liquor establishments randomly and frequently to ensure liquor laws are being upheld, which includes making sure licenses are current; signs are posted properly, etc. In addition, the team will help organize server training classes.

On a separate note, I’d like to address a few changes regarding licensing. These changes occurred with the rewrite of Chapter 6 of the Salida Municipal Code in November 2011. The City no longer issues peddlers’, solicitors’ and transient merchant licenses. However, people selling goods in Salida are required to have a Colorado sales tax license for our jurisdiction issued by the state. For more information, please visit the Colorado Department of Revenue Taxation Division website.

If a special event includes more than one vendor (FIBArk or the Farmers’ Market for example), a multiple vendor event permit is required. This permit essentially replaced “events of city-wide interest.” The multiple vendor permit application can be submitted concurrently with a park rental and/or special event liquor application. Copies of vendors’ Colorado sales tax licenses for our jurisdiction need to be included with the application.

In addition, special event liquor permits are no longer sent to the state for issuance. This change came into effect January 3, 2012. Instead, the City, as the local licensing authority, issues the license, which shortens turnaround time by about 10 days. Applicants are still required to post the property where the event will be held, and the application is subject to a public hearing at a council meeting. Therefore, we ask event organizers to submit their special event liquor permit application at least 45 days in advance. Also, applicants are no longer required to pay $75 to the state for the application fee; however, the City fee of $100 for a special event liquor license is still required.

The City recognizes the hard work of volunteers and event organizers to put on special events in the community, which directly stimulate our local economy. We look forward to working with you throughout the year to create these fun-filled, integral events.