Local Licensing Authority

Licensing Authority Overview

The purpose of the Durango Local Licensing Authority is to review and approve new liquor or marijuana license applications for local approval, changes in location of licensed premise, and hear cases against the licensee.

The authority also reviews and determines any alleged violation of the Colorado Liquor or Marijuana Code and maintains good communication with the Police Department and licensees.

In addition, the authority grants or refuses licenses and special event permits for the sale of alcoholic beverages, designates and assesses fees, effects rules and regulations provided by law, conducts investigations as may be required by law, and suspends or revokes licenses.

At a Glance

Specifications
Details
Established by
  • Originally created by Ordinance 1276, dated February 2, 1979.
  • The Authority was restructured by Ordinance O-1993-22 in November 1993.
  • Restructured again by Ordinance O-2010-15.
Number on BoardThree
Length of TermThree years
Council LiaisonNone
Regular Meeting TimeThird Tuesday of every month at 2:00 pm
Regular Meeting LocationCity Council Chambers at City Hall

Responsibilities

The Durango Local Licensing Authority holds the power for the following:

  • The scheduling and holding of hearings in conjunction with any applications for new licenses under the Colorado Beer Code, the Colorado Liquor Code, or Marijuana Code
  • The scheduling and holding of necessary hearings in conjunction with any applications for a change in location with respect to an existing liquor or marijuana license within the City of Durango
  • The scheduling and holding of any necessary hearings in conjunction with determinations of probable cause and resulting show-cause hearings pertaining to any alleged violations by a licensee of any term or provision of the Colorado Beer Code, the Colorado Liquor Code, or Marijuana Code
  • Any matter pertaining to the issuance or renewal of liquor/marijuana licenses within the City of Durango which have not been specifically delegated to the office of the City Clerk

In addition to these specific powers, the Licensing Authority conducts the following:

  • Designating and assessing fees
  • Promulgating rules and regulations as provided by law
  • Conducting investigations as may be required by law
  • Suspending or revoking licenses for cause in the manner provided by law

The Durango Local Licensing Authority has all of the powers and is subject to all other restrictions as set forth in Articles 46, 47, and 48 of Title 12, and Colorado Revised Statutes, as the same may be amended, repealed, or re-enacted.

Current Members

NameAppointedTerm Expires
Ron LeBlanc, Chairman / City ManagerNANA
Joe Colgan03/05/201801/31/2021
Kathy Schneyer, Records & Licensing TechnicianNANA
Tom Sluis02/07/201701/31/2020
Dirk Nelson, City AttorneyNANA