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Any person who sells or offers to sell any goods, wares or merchandise, or any personal property of any kind or any real estate or interest therein by public outcry to induce bidding for such person’s own gain or profit or for the account of any other person.

We are not able to offer a "Temporary Auctioneer's License". 

How to Get a New Business License

Application Fee:  $25.00

License Fee:  $200.00

Fingerprint Fees per person:  $16.50


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

Once the background check has been accepted and approved, return to the Department of Excise and Licenses office.  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. The background check is accepted and approved.
  3. Fees are paid in full.

Renew a Business License

Renew in Person
Come to the Department of Excise and Licenses office.

The Department of Excise and Licenses is on the second floor of the Webb Bldg. at 201 W. Colfax Avenue in Denver. 

Sign into the Kiosk right inside our doorway. When you are called to the counter, explain to the technician you wish to renew your business license. 

If all renewal documentation is complete you will be issued an invoice for the renewal fees. Take the invoice to the cashier and pay the renewal fees. 

Return to the Department of Excise and Licenses office with your receipt for payment.

Your business license will be printed.

Renew by Mail 

You can mail in your license renewal along with a check made payable to the Manager of Finance for the total city fees due. Be sure to include your Business File Number (BFN) on your check.

Office Hours and Location
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Webb Municipal Office Building
201 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor

Mailing Information
Department of Excise and Licenses
201 W. Colfax Ave Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202

  • Current Surety Bond or Continuation of Insurance Certificate

License Fee:  $200.00

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.

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


  • Department of Excise and Licenses inspectors will attempt to locate and notify business license holders of the approaching expiration date.  However, failure of an inspector to notify a delinquent licensee that its license has expired does not excuse the licensee from any applicable late penalty.

More Information

Municipal Code

Denver Revised Municipal Code

Definition 9-1

Requirements 9-12

Fees 32-49

Plan Extra Time!

Inspections and paperwork can take longer than you expect.  Plan extra time to get your license.

Compliments or Complaints?

If you have a complaint, compliment or concern about a business operating in Denver, please complete the Business License Compliment/Complaint Form and return it to our Department.  We will investigate any complaint regarding the business licenses that we issue for the City and County of Denver.

Download compliment/complaint form (PDF)