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Vehicle Immobilization Services

A license is required for any person or business offering services whereby vehicles are immobilized by installing on or attaching to such vehicles devices designed to restrict the normal movement of such vehicles or by other means designed for this purpose. Various restrictions on the operation of such a business are contained in Denver Revised Municipal Code Sec. 55-296.

A non-resident of Denver must state the name and address of a local representative inside the city limits whom the applicant has appointed and upon whom services can be had under the municipal code. A $1,000 surety bond is required.

How to Get a Business License

In order to apply for a new Vehicle Immobilization Services License, an applicant will need to follow these steps:

 

Step 1: Determine Your Business Entity Type

  • Sole proprietor
  • Partnership
  • Corporation or Limited Liability Corporation (LLC)

 If you need assistance creating your business, contact the Denver Office of Economic Development or visit their website for more information.

Step 2: Zone Use Permit

A Zone Use Permit is required if the office is located in the City 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.Applying for a Zone Use Permit
  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

Office Hours and Location

General Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Webb Municipal Office Building

201 W. Colfax Avenue, 2nd Floor

Phone

All City Services:  (720) 913-1311

General:  (720) 865-3000

 

  Email

developmentservices@denvergov.org

 

 

Step 3: Bring the following completed required documents to Denver Excise and Licenses:

  • Business Questionnaire
  • List of locations where you will be operating
  • Affidavit of Lawful Presence completed by a business owner 
  • Secure and Verifiable Identification
  • $1,000 Surety Bond
  • Applicant Criminal History Form
  • Full set of fingerprints. Fingerprinting will be conducted by the Department of Excise and Licenses. Fingerprints taken by a private fingerprinting company will not be accepted. If the applicant resides out-of-state, he or she may submit a fingerprint card taken by the local police authority in his or her place of residence on a FBI fingerprint card (FD-258). The applicant may also be required to submit a letter of clearance and criminal history record from his or her local police authority. Fingerprints sometimes can take 8 or more weeks to be processed and returned to us.

Step 4: Fees

  • Application Fee: $100
    License Fee: 1 Device - $100
    Each Additional Device: $25
  • Fees can be paid with cash, check, money order or credit card.  Credit card payments are only accepted in person. Checks should be made payable to Manager of Finance. 

Step 5: Required Inspections

N/A

 

Step 6: 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. Once fingerprints are returned to us, we will contact you to either come in to obtain the business license or we can mail the business license to you.

We encourage you to review the process overview to verify the steps you will need to take in order to obtain a license. Meanwhile, you will need to bring the following completed documents with you to Denver Excise and Licenses when you apply for your Vehicle Immobilization Services License:
  • Business Questionnaire
  • List of locations where you will be operating
  • Affidavit of Lawful Presence completed by a business owner 
  • Secure and Verifiable Identification
  • $1,000 Surety Bond
  • Applicant Criminal History Form
  • Full set of fingerprints. Fingerprinting will be conducted by the Department of Excise and Licenses. Fingerprints taken by a private fingerprinting company will not be accepted. If the applicant resides out-of-state, he or she may submit a fingerprint card taken by the local police authority in his or her place of residence on a FBI fingerprint card (FD-258). The applicant may also be required to submit a letter of clearance and criminal history record from his or her local police authority. Fingerprints sometimes can take 8 or more weeks to be processed and returned to us.

Application Fee: $100
License Fee: 1 Device - $100
Each Additional Device: $25

Fees can be paid with cash, check, money order or credit card.  Credit card payments are only accepted in person. Checks should be made payable to Manager of Finance. 

Renew a Business License

In order to renew your Vehicle Immobilization Services business license you will need to complete the following steps:

1. Submit a current $1,000 surety bond.

3. A new license will be issued at this time.

Renew by Mail
You can also renew by mail by sending your $1,000 surety bond and a check made payable to the Manager of Finance for the total of $100 + $25 for each additional device to the Department. Be sure to include your Business File Number (BFN) on your check. The mailing address for the Department is as follows:

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

Please Note: If your license has expired, additional late fees will be required to be paid before your license will be renewed.

In order to renew your Vehicle Immobilization Services business license you will need to bring or mail a current $1,000 surety bond.

License Fee: 1 Device - $100
Each Additional Device: $25

Fees can be paid with cash, check, money order or credit card.  Credit card payments are only accepted in person. Checks should be made payable to Manager of Finance. 

Licenses must be renewed on or before the expiration date to avoid penalty fees. Also, licensees may not operate on an expired license, even within their 90 day grace period.

 

90 Day Grace Period
There is a 90 day grace period from the expiration date during which licenses can be renewed by paying for the 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

 

Municipal Code

Denver Revised Municipal Code

Definition 55-296

Requirements 55-311

Fees 32-124

Plan Extra Time!

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