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​​​​​Licensing & Permits

Now Accepting Applications for Temporary Modification of Liquor-Licensed Premises During Emergency Declaration 

On May 15, 2020, the Colorado Department of Revenue adopted Emergency Regulations 47-302(F) and 47-1102 to allow on-premises liquor licensed businesses to apply for temporary modifications of the licensed premises.  See full regulations 47-302(F) and 47-1102

Thornton is currently accepting applications for Temporary Modification of Liquor Licensed Premises consistent with recently enacted emergency State Liquor Rule 47-302(F). Per Thornton Code 42-128(b)(1) and (b)(3), the City will evaluate applications for the expansion into areas adjacent to the liquor licensed premises for outdoor consumption and social distancing and a control plan. The applications must include plans and drawings. 

Plans submitted must provide for a site that can be appropriately controlled and monitored, and allows for emergency vehicle access, pedestrian access, and ADA-compliant access, among other requirements.

The City may grant such applications administratively so long as they meet the requirements of State Liquor (emergency) Rules 47-302(F) and 47-1102.  The Governor’s Executive Orders and associated Public Health Orders may contain requirements about access to food and measures to minimize disease transmission. All applicable orders from the Governor remain unaltered. The application and associated required documents may be submitted by email to clerk@thorntonCO.gov and can be found here.

Please note that a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) is not required to be submitted in addition to the Temporary Modification of Liquor Licensed Premises.  However, permit requests must be submitted to the Building Inspection Division and Fire Department for tents greater than 400 square feet and canopies greater than 700 square feet in size, which are proposed to be utilized with the Temporary Modification of Liquor Licensed Premises.

Please reference the City Development Temporary Outdoor Dining webpage if your business does not require a Temporary Modification of Liquor Licensed Premises, but you would like to temporarily utilize outdoor on-premises dining subject to any amended public health order.

For more updates on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Colorado please visit: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/2019-novel-coronavirus


Animal Licensing Information

A City License for dogs, cats and pot-bellied pigs is not required. However, animals older than six months of age must still get a rabies vaccination and wear the rabies tag issued by their veterinarian. Pet owners are encouraged to put I.D. tags with the name of their pet and a phone number on their pet’s collar.

If you are trying to locate a lost pet you may follow this link to the Riverdale Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, or contact Thornton Animal Control at 720-977-5250.

Each household may have up to a total of four adult animals, which can include dogs, cats and one Vietnamese potbellied pig. (Animals under three months old from the same litter are not included). Domestic birds, fish, snakes (under six feet) and reptiles that are nonpoisonous and not a health hazard are welcome. If you would like more information on animals, you may follow this link to the Animal Code Section.

Sound/Noise Permits

Sound permits may be obtained if you plan on having amplified sound in connection with an event at a City park or any commercially-zoned location within the City. Sound permits are not issued for residential areas.

Sound permits are issued with the condition that the sound amplifying equipment or device will be operated only between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., only on the dates specified in the permit and, for commercially-zoned locations, in compliance with the noise level standards contained in the following table.


dB(A) During the Day, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

dB(A) During the Night, 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

All Residential Districts



Nonresidential Districts Except Industrial



Industrial Districts



Noise concerns should be reported when the problem is actually occurring. If you are currently being affected by excessive or unreasonable noise, please report it to the Police Dispatch Center at 720-977-5150.

Child Care License

Child Care - Colorado Department of Human Services
If you would like to obtain a Child Care License, please contact Sales Tax at 303-538-7400.

Other Agency License & Permit Information

Birth, Death, Marriage or Divorce Certificates - Colorado Department of Public Health
Driver’s License - State
Marriage License - Adams County
Motor Vehicle - Adams County
Passports - U.S. Department of State


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