Colorado Business License

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General Business License Requirements for Colorado.

Business licenses are often required of business entities, regardless of their products and services. This page provides an overview of business license requirements in Colorado.

Colorado General Business Licenses

Colorado Business License

Not required



General Business License licensure is not required on the State level in Colorado.

Colorado does not have a general business license at the state level, but local licenses are often required.

Local General Business Licenses

Aurora Business License

Agency:City of Aurora Licensing Section (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$17 application fee + $26 license fee

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$26

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Boulder Business License

Agency:City of Boulder Finance Department - Revenue and Licensing Division (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$25

Turnaround:

4-6 weeks

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0 unless there is a change in location, for which there is a $25 fee

Due:

By December 31 of odd-numbered years.

Notes:

Once you have logged in to Boulder Online Tax, under Action Center, click Renew License.

Breckenridge Business License

Agency:Town of Breckenridge Finance Department (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Varies by business type:

  • In-Town Business - $200 + $10 per employee
  • In-Home Occupation - $50
  • Lodge/Bed & Breakfast - $200 + $10 per employee + $50 per bedroom
  • Regular Vendor - $100
  • Seasonal Vendor - $50

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

Varies by business type:

  • In-Town Business - $200 + $10 per employee
  • In-Home Occupation - $50
  • Lodge/Bed & Breakfast - $200 + $10 per employee + $50 per bedroom
  • Regular Vendor - $100
  • Seasonal Vendor - $50
Due:

Annually

City of Durango Business License

Agency:City of Durango City Clerk's Office (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fee based on the estimated monthly average number of employees for the next 12 months. 

Required Attachments:

Depending upon the nature of the business, applicants for a business license may be required to submit additional documentation, such as: 1. Proof of insurance in specific limits or occupational bonds. 

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fee determined by number of employees hired, whether full time or part time. 

Due:

Annually by January 31. 

City of Fort Collins Sales and Use Tax License

Agency:City of Fort Collins (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

There is no expiration date. 

Law:

( Ord. No. 060, 2011 , § 1, 5-17-11; Ord. No. 154, 2012 , § 3, 1-15-13)

Renewal Not Required

Not required



City of Greeley Business License

Agency:City of Greeley Finance Department - Sales Tax Division (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application 

Instructions:
  • Application packets with missing information/documentation will not be processed.
  • Be sure to include the address of the physical location of the business, the mailing address where business licenses/renewals should be sent, and the mailing address where sales tax information should be sent.
  • Email addresses are required.
  • NAICS Codes may be obtained at www.naics.com.
  • The number of full time and part time employees is required for locations inside the City of Greeley.
  • Reporting frequency and estimated sales/use tax liability is required
Filing Method:

Mail 

Agency Fee:

Fee determined by business type

Required Attachments:
  • Sewer Questionnaire – This form is required if you have a commercial location inside the City of Greeley. This includes retail, office, and industrial locations. NOTE: Not required for home based businesses or businesses located outside the City of Greeley.
  • Affidavit of Lawful Presence – This form is required for individual and sole proprietorships. One identification from the list at the bottom of this form should be provided. NOTE: No license will be issued without proof of identification.
  • S.A.V.E. Verification Form – This form is required if you did not select “I am a United States Citizen” on the Affidavit of Lawful Presence. NOTE: We do not verify citizenship through the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
  • Home Occupation Permit Application – This form is required to obtain a permit for home based  businesses. NOTE: Businesses with commercial locations should not complete this form.
  • Description of Vehicles – This form is required for all refuse haulers doing business in the City of Greeley.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Application 

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

Fee determined by business type. 

Due:

Biennially by date of issuance 

City of Greenwood Village Occupational Privilege Tax License

Agency:City of Greenwood Village (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Occupational Privilege Tax License Registration Application 

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$10 application fee + two portions : the employee portion and the employer portion. Both portions are $2 per month ($4 combined) and both apply when an employee earns $250 or more in a calendar month. The employer is responsible for reporting and remitting both portions of the tax. Owners, partners, and officers who are not paid a salary or commission are subject to only the employer portion of the tax.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Occupational Privilege Tax License Registration Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$10 application fee + two portions : the employee portion and the employer portion. Both portions are $2 per month ($4 combined) and both apply when an employee earns $250 or more in a calendar month. The employer is responsible for reporting and remitting both portions of the tax. Owners, partners, and officers who are not paid a salary or commission are subject to only the employer portion of the tax.

Due:

Annually by date of issuance. 

City of Lakewood Business License

Agency:City of Lakewood City Clerk's Office (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$15

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Renewal is not required for this license.

City of Loveland Sales Tax License

Agency:City of Loveland Finance Department (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Notes:

A sales tax license shall be required for any person who is engaged in the business of selling retail in the City, tangible personal property or services that are taxable. Any business that has two (2) or more separate locations are required to license at each entity. Service only businesses are not required to obtain a license.

Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Sales Tax Application

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$20; there is no fee for businesses with no physical presence or incidental presence

Notes:

Physical Presence means, performing or providing services or selling, leasing, renting, delivering, or installing tangible personal property for storage, use, or consumption within the local taxing jurisdiction. Physical presence includes any of the following activities:

  • Directly or indirectly by a subsidiary maintaining a building, store, office, salesroom, warehouse, or other place
    of business within the local jurisdiction;
  • Sending one or more employees, agents, or commissioned salespersons into the local jurisdiction to solicit
    business, to install, assemble, repair, service, or assist in the use of its products, or for demonstration or other
    reasons;
  • Maintaining one or more employees, agents, or commissioned salespersons on duty at a location within the
    local taxing jurisdiction;
  • Owning, leasing, renting or otherwise exerting control over real or personal property sales within the local taxing
    jurisdiction;
  • Engaging in activities within the taxing jurisdiction that are subject to other business, fire, zoning, or other
    regulations of the local jurisdiction; or
  • Being subject to taxable privileges other than the requirements to collect sales tax imposed by the local taxing
    jurisdiction.

Registration Renewal

Form:

Sales Tax License Renewal Form

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$20; there is no fee for businesses with no physical presence or incidental presence

Due:

Annually by December 31.

City of Wheat Ridge Business License

Agency:City of Wheat Ridge Tax Division (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Requirement Notes:


  • All individuals or entities engaged in business in the City or collecting City sales tax must obtain a City business license, or a temporary tax license. Other licenses may also be required, depending on the type of business activity.

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License & Tax  Application 

Filing Method:

Mail

Agency Fee:

$20

Turnaround:

License applications are reviewed by a variety of City departments to ensure compliance with building, land use, taxation, and other laws and regulations. This review process may take three to four weeks.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:
  • Online - physical nexus
  • Mail - economic nexus 
Agency Fee:

$20 renewal fee + city taxes

Due:
  • Taxes are due on the 20th of each month 
  • Licenses expire annually by December 31. 
Law:

The City follows the new administrative rule for local business licenses promulgated by the State in Senate Bill 22-032. Senate Bill 22-032 became effective July 1, 2022 and simply put, prohibits the City from collecting a license fee from the business depending on the nexus of the business. A business has either physical or economic nexus. 

Notes:
  • Physical Nexus – If you are renewing your business license for 2023 and meet the definition of a business with physical nexus, you should renew your business license for 2023 as you normally do. If you renew by filing online, please use e-tax. If you are mailing your business license renewal form to the City of Wheat Ridge, please include a payment of $20 with your account number made payable to The City of Wheat Ridge.
  • Economic Nexus - If you are renewing your business license for 2023 and meet the definition of a business with economic nexus, you should renew your business license for 2023 as you normally do. Please renew by filling out the Business License Renewal form, and please complete the remote seller form.

Denver County/City Business License

Agency:City and County of Denver - Department of Excise and Licenses (CO)
Law:

Denver, Colo., Municipal Code § 32-1. — § 32.129.

Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Notes:

The City and County of Denver have various requirements for initial and renewal applications depending on the type of business seeking a license. See their license directory for more information about the specific license type being sought. 

Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online. Select an application based on the type of license being sought.

Agency Fee:

Fees vary based on the nature of the business

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Mail, e-mail, or online. Some license types require renewals to be submitted via mail or e-mail. Make sure to check the License Directory for more information about the renewal process for a specific license type. 

Agency Fee:

Fees vary based on the nature of the business

Due:

Annually by date of issuance

Englewood Sales/Use Tax License

Agency:City of Englewood Finance Department (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Due:

Biennially by the date of issuance.

Erie Business License

Agency:Town of Erie Finance Department (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually

Lone Tree Business License

Agency:Lone Tree Finance Department (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$10

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Business Licenses do not expire and have no renewal fee. They are valid until the business is discontinued, sold or revoked.

Lone Tree Combined Business/Retail Sales Tax License

Agency:Lone Tree Finance Department (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$15

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$15

Due:

By December 31 of even-numbered years.

Notes:

To renew, log into Xpress Bill Pay select add new account (even if you already pay your taxes online, you will need to add account to find the license renewal option). Find City of Lone Tree as your billing organization. You will be able to choose to renew your account online. Then enter the name of the business with no punctuation (remember to use the official business name and not the DBA).

Monument Business License

Agency:Monument Town Clerk's Office (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Application

Agency Fee:

$75

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by the date of issuance.

Parker Business and Tax License

Agency:Parker Sales Tax Division (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business and Tax License Application

Filing Method:

Mail or email to salestax@parkeronline.org

Agency Fee:

$0

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

By December 31 of odd-numbered years.

Pueblo Sales and Use Tax License

Agency:Pueblo Finance Department - Sales Tax Division (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Form:

Sales and Use Tax License Application

Agency Fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Form:

Sales and Use Tax License Application (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Town of Castle Rock Business License

Agency:Town of Castle Rock Finance Department (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$10 application fee

Turnaround:

2 weeks

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$15

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Town of Mead Business License

Agency:Town of Mead (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

Business License Registration Application

Filing Method:

Mail or In Person

Agency Fee:

$30

Registration Renewal

Form:

Business License Registration Application (Renewal)

Filing Method:

Mail or In Person

Agency Fee:

$30

Due:

Annually by January 1.

Town of Silverthorne Business License

Agency:Town of Silverthorne (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Form:

New Business License Application

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by January 31.

Westminster Business/Sales Tax License

Agency:Westminster City Clerk's Office (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Notes:

All businesses operating within the city of Westminster are required to have a valid business license (including those that do not collect sales tax).

Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Westminster Business/Sales Tax License - Out of City

Agency:Westminster City Clerk's Office (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Not Set
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Not Set

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$0

Renewal Not Required

Not required



Out-of-city business licenses do not expire.

Windsor General Business License

Agency:Town of Windsor Economic Development (CO)
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:No
Exam Required?Not Set
Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$25

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually

Notes:

A renewal notice will be sent one month prior to the expiration month of this license.

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