Emergency Medical Vehicle Company

Furnishing, operating, conducting, maintaining, advertising, or otherwise engaging in or professing to be engaged in the business of transportation of patients by emergency medical vehicle.

Emergency medical vehicle means any privately or publicly owned land or airborne vehicle, especially constructed or modified and equipped, intended to be used , and maintained or operated for the transportation upon the streets and highways in the city, of individuals who are sick, or injured or otherwise incapacitated or helpless; except fixed wing aircraft operating between the city and locations outside the city.

Emergency medical technicians employed by the Emergency Medical Vehicle Company must be state certified.

Owner must be 18 years old.

How to Submit an Application


There are a variety of ways that you can submit your New or Renewal application to the Department of Excise and Licenses. If renewing, please make sure to include your Business File Number (BFN) with the submittal.

  1. In an effort to protect public safety, in-person customer service at Excise and Licenses is being offered by appointment only. Please visit our appointments website to make an appointment. 
  2. All license applications not available online can be submitted via email, EXLSubmit@denvergov.org, during this health crisis. When submitting your email application, please attach all documents pertaining to your license application to ONE email. Please visit our email application process page for more information on submitting email applications.
  3. You may also mail in your application with fees to:

City and County of Denver
Department of Excise and License
201 W Colfax Ave, Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202

Make checks payable to: Manager of Finance

You may also pay for your applications online or via phone once you have submitted your application to Excise and Licenses. We will send you an invoice and you may pay virtually. Please visit our online payment process page for more information on how to submit payment for your applications.

For questions, please email licenses@denvergov.org or call 311.

How to Get a New Business License

Step 1: Zoning Use Permit

A Zone Use Permit is required before obtaining an Emergency Medical Vehicle Company License if the location of the business is within the City and County of Denver.

A use permit is a document granting the applicant/owner of a lot, building, or structure permission for the requested use of the land. "Use" can be defined as any activity, occupation, business or operation transacted in a building or on a lot/tract of land.

You can use the resources on the Internet to plan ahead before you lease or buy property and before you apply for your business license.  Follow the steps below to learn more about the approved zone uses for the address where you want to locate your business.  Start on the  Find Your Zoning page.

  1. Enter the desired address.  Click Search.
  2. Note the Zone District.
  3. Click on the + to Expand for more information. 
  4. Note the Neighborhood Context.
  5. Click on the link for the Zoning Code or in Former Chapter 59.
  6. Click on the Article # for the Neighborhood Context noted above.
  7. Open the document and scroll to the "Use" tables at the bottom of the document.
  8. Find the "Use" category in the left column and the Zone District in the columns to the right.
  9. The code in the intersecting square represents the permitted use.  (There is a key to the codes at the top of every page.)

Ultimately, the zone use permit for your business license must be approved and issued by the Zoning department.  Learn more about the Denver Zoning Code or visit the Zoning Office.


Applying for a Zone Use Permit



Zoning Contact Information

Step 2: Required Documents


Step 3: Fees

Application Fee:  $150.00

License Fee:  $105.00

Each vehicle:  $50.00

Non emergency vehicle (operated by this Company): $30.00

CBI Name Check: $5.00

Fees can be paid with cash, check, money order or credit card. Checks should be made payable to Manager of Finance. 


Step 4: Required Inspections

  • Department of Public Health and Environment (720) 865-5401
    All non-emergency medical vehicles operated by the applicant must have been certified by the Department of Public Health and Environment as to adequacy of equipment and safety of operation.

Step 5: Get Your License

Notify the Department of Excise and Licenses, at licenses@denvergov.org, that you would like your license emailed to you when all of the steps below have been completed. Be sure to include your Business File Number (BFN), name of your company and address of your business when emailing this request.

  1. All documents required for the license are complete and submitted to the office.
  2. The background check, if applicable, is accepted and approved.
  3. Fees are paid in full.
  4. All required inspections, if applicable, are passed.


Step 6: Records and Reporting

  • An emergency medical vehicle company shall maintain such records relating to the transportation of patients as are deemed necessary by the Department of Public Health and Environment, and such records and other information concerning transportation of patients shall be available for inspection by the Department of Public Health and Environment at any reasonable time.
  • An emergency medical service licensee shall notify the Department of Public Health and Environment of any judgment pending against the licensee. If a judgment is entered against such licensee, he or she, shall, within thirty (30) days, file a copy of such findings and Order of the Court, with the Department of Public Health and Environment. The Department of Public Health and Environment shall take note of such judgment for purposes of investigation and take appropriate action if there appears to be any violation of the license or any other law.
  • All new personnel and renewal certifications shall be sent to the Department of Excise and Licenses within thirty (30) days of hire. Terminations shall be reported within thirty (30) days for any reason.

Step 7: Physician Advisor Required

All emergency medical vehicle services operating in the city must have a physician advisor who is a physician licensed by the State of Colorado and under whose direction and supervision the emergency medical vehicle personnel will provide emergency care. The physician advisor shall be notified in writing by the Department of Public Health and Environment, or the department's authorized representative, of any violations of the ordinances or regulations promulgated pursuant to the ordinances by the emergency medical vehicle service or individual licensee.

Step 8: Emergency Vehicle Validation Sticker

An emergency medical vehicle validation sticker must be displayed on the left side of the windshield of a medical vehicle unit that has been inspected and issued a license to operate in the city. The sticker shall indicate the year of validation and shall be provided by the department of Excise & Licenses.

Please note: If you sell the vehicle that is licensed as an emergency medical vehicle , the emergency vehicle validation sticker must be returned to the Department of Excise and Licenses.


Renew a Business License

Required Documents

  • Schedule of the current base rates and hours of availability.
  • A description of each emergency medical vehicle, including the make, model, year of manufacture, state license number for the current year, motor and chassis numbers, and the length of time the vehicle has been in use.
  • The geographic area to be served by the non emergency medical vehicle company.
  • The name, address, telephone number, and the qualifications of the Physician Advisor of the emergency medical vehicle service.
  • Proof of Insurance 100/200/50
  • Schedule of the current base rates and hours of availability.
  • A personnel list along with copies of all current certifications. The personnel list shall include: name, date of hire, certification number, and driver's license number.

Renewal Fees

License Fee:  $105.00

Each Vehicle Fee: $50.00

Late Renewals

Licenses must be renewed on or before the expiration date to avoid penalty fees. 

90 Day Grace Period

There is a 90 day grace period from the expiration date during which licenses can be renewed by paying the license fee and the penalty fee. However, if a license is not renewed before the expiration date, they must cease operations until the license has been renewed during this grace period.

First 30 days of grace period:  20% penalty fee

Days 31 - 90:  50% penalty fee

After 90 days:  Licensees will be required to apply for a new license


Renewal Policies

Department of Excise and Licenses will attempt to notify business license holders, at the email provided at time of application by business owner, of the approaching expiration date. However, failure of an email to notify a delinquent licensee that its license has expired does not excuse the licensee from any applicable late penalty.