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Starting a Business -- Development Services

Starting a business is an exciting endeavor - and can sometimes feel daunting.  There are many steps along the way to opening the doors to a new business.  Development Services staff can guide you through permitting, zoning and construction processes to ensure you've got a great location and building to house your business. As a one-stop shop, we can help with: 

  • Zoning permits - We issue permits for the type of building, location, zoning, change-of-use issues and required parking.
  • Site development and plan review - We identify all significant land and building issues that affect the design and feasibility of your project, and help you secure the approval of all reviewing agencies.
  • Building permits - We issue construction permits and trade permits for most building projects and change-of-occupancy issues.
  • Site engineering - We provide comprehensive plan review for transportation, sanitary sewer and storm drainage.
  • Installation of signs - We guide the installation and display of signs as regulated by the Denver Zoning Code.
  • Building and neighborhood inspections - We conduct inspections to determine that all construction and development was performed according to code.

Getting your location ready may involve new construction, an addition, or tenant finish / remodel for an existing building. The process and requirements vary depending on the location and complexity of your building. Contact Development Services to help you get started.

Colorado Business Resource Guide

Denver Small Business Development Center

Counselor to America’s Small Business (SCORE)

Colorado Secretary of State

Denver Treasury Division

Colorado Department of Revenue

Internal Revenue Service

Colorado Department of Revenue, Operations Tax Branch

Colorado Division of Worker’s Compensation

Colorado State Directory of New Hires

Denver Office of Economic Development, Workforce Development

Denver Excise and Licensing

Colorado State Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Registration



The Denver Office of Economic Development offers "Nine Steps to Start Your Business," a helpful guide for new business owners.



The Business Assistance Center provides counseling and research to Denver's small businesses.



By ordinance of the Denver Municipal Code, many businesses require business licenses.  Licenses are issued by the Department of Excise and Licenses.