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How to Get a New Business License

Application Fee:

  • $100.00 

Annual License Fee:

  • 1 to 5 months - $200.00
  • 6 to 12 months - $400.00

Fees can be paid with cash, check, money order or credit card.  Checks should be made payable to Manager of Finance. We cannot accept credit card payments over the phone and you must apply in person

  • Building Department (720) 865-2982 

You will receive an automated message requesting information about your inspection. If you would like speak with a representative, please call 720-865-2505.

  • Denver Fire Department (720) 913-3474 (for annual 6 to 12 month licenses only)
  • Department of Public Health and Environment (720) 865-5401

Once your inspections are completed, 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. Fees are paid in full.
  3. All required inspections are passed.

Renew a Business License

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

Request a renewal for your business license.

You will be issued a payment voucher.

Take the payment voucher to the cashier and pay the renewal license fee.

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

Annual License Fee:

  • 1 to 5 months - $200.00
  • 6 to 12 months - $400.00

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 for a license fee and a 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.


Municipal Code

Denver Revised Municipal Code

Definition 51-1

Requirements 51-2

Fees 32-117

Plan Extra Time!

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