Tree Service

The business of planting, cutting, trimming, pruning, or removing trees, shrubs or vines of any size.

If you have more questions, please see Forestry's Tree Service Contractors webpage.

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.

Excise and Licenses will not offer fingerprinting services on site. The Fingerprinting and Background Check website offers information on fingerprinting services authorized by Colorado Applicant Background Services.

 

How to Get a New Business License

Step 1: Required Documents

 

Step 2: Fees

Application Fee:  $25.00

License Fee:  $25.00

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

Step 3: Get Your License

Your license will be issued when the following actions are taken: 

  1. All documents required for the license are complete and submitted to the office.
  2. Fees are paid in full.
  3. Call Forestry (720) 913-0651 to set up an appointment for testing.
  4. Once testing is complete, Forestry will issue license.

Renew a Business License

Required Documents

To renew your license follow the "How to Submit An Application" directions above. Documents listed below are required for renewal submission.

  • Current Certificate of Automobile Liability Insurance - minimum of $150,000 of coverage.
  • Current Commercial General Liability Insurance - minimum of $500,000 for large tree and $100,000 for ornamental/ground work.
  • Current Certificate of Worker's Compensation Insurance or Notarized Worker's Compensation Waiver(PDF, 135KB)

Renewal Fees

License Fee:  $25.00

 

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.