Economic Relief

With many businesses opening back up, the city continues to work in partnership with a local nonprofit, philanthropic, and private industry partners to serve Denver’s needs. If you need additional assistance, please contact 311/211.

5 Star State Certification Program

While Denver has applied to take part in the state's 5 Star State Certification Program for additional capacity in certain businesses beyond what is currently allowable, the city and county has not yet been approved. Should Denver be approved, businesses will not be able to be certified for the program until Denver has met the Level Orange metrics for at least two weeks and must continue to operate at Level Orange capacity limits.

Additional Assistance for Businesses

Colorado Artist Relief Fund

The Colorado Artist Relief Fund is a partnership between Denver Arts & Venues, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Colorado Creative Industries and RedLine Contemporary Art Center. Please visit RedLine’s website for more information and to apply for the Colorado Artist Relief Fund. Please note, this is a new partnership with continued relief support, but not a new fund.

Due to an overwhelming amount of applications, the Colorado Artist Relief Fund has been temporarily closed. In the meantime, individuals, foundations and organizations can contribute to the Colorado Artist Relief Fund. If foundations or corporations are interested in partnering on this initiative, they should contact


Denver Microloan Program

  • City-wide program
  • Provides loans from $5,000-$50,000
  • Provides lending capital and support services to small businesses to support their stabilization efforts
  • Focus on targeted industries located in most vulnerable neighborhoods as identified by Denver’s Neighborhood Equity & Stabilization Team.

Federal Small Business Support

Small Business Association (SBA)  Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available for qualifying businesses in Colorado suffering from substantial economic injury due to COVID-19. Learn more here:


Resources for Buildings

Considerations for Low Occupancy Buildings

  • U.S. Department of Energy's presentation on managing buildings during a shutdown  
  • The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) has a checklist for managing office buildings during COVID-19 
  • IMT has a template for tenant engagement recommendations for low-occupancy buildings

Safety & Lowering Virus Transmission

Saving Energy to Save Money  

Saving Water in Buildings

Tax Relief

Sales and Use, Occupational Privilege, Seat Taxes

The City and County of Denver will continue to waive the 15% penalty for late payment for sales and use, occupational privilege, and facility development admissions (seat) taxes.

  • Businesses must still file their April tax returns and remit the tax funds within 30 days of the due date (penalty will be waived if tax returns are filed and taxes remitted by June 15th for seat tax and June 20th for sales, use and occupational privilege taxes). 

This is the third consecutive month in which the Department of Finance (DOF) has waived the 15% late penalty to provide relief to businesses. DOF will evaluate the extension of the waiver on a month-by-month basis.


2020 Business Personal Property Declaration Filing Deadline Extension

The 2020 Personal Property Declaration filing deadline will be extended from April 15, 2020, to June 15, 2020, as allowed by Governor Polis’ Executive Order (XO) #D 2020 022.

Real Property Tax Relief Efforts for Residents and Businesses

Governor Jared Polis’ Executive Order #D 2020 031 authorizes county treasurers to extend the waiver of interest on late payment of property taxes through April 30, 2020. The action also allows property owners who had previously chosen to pay property taxes all at once to pay in installments.

Effective immediately, Denver will:

  • Waive 100% of late payment interest through April 30, 2020 (original order was through April 20).
    • Property owners who have not yet paid the first installment of property taxes may now pay their first installment on or before April 30 with interest waived. The second installment is due June 15, 2020.
    • Property owners who intended to pay in full on April 30 may still do so or may now choose to pay in two installments. The first half is due April 30 and the remainder is due June 15, 2020.

Variance Requests

As of October 27, 2020 the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) has moved the City and County of Denver to the more restrictive Safer at Home Dial Level 3. With the move to Safer at Home Level 3, Denver is now under more strict, state mandated, restrictions. As a result, Denver cannot accept variance requests at this time. We encourage you to review the state’s website and to monitor this page for updates.