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Business Licensing
Business / Sales Tax License Requirements
Click here for two descriptive lists: businesses located inside the city and those located outside the city, that have an active business license with the City of Durango.

Anyone conducting business within the city limits must have an annually-issued license. This includes:
  • Businesses that are not physically located within the city that send one or more employees or representatives into the city to sell, repair, or deliver merchandise and/or provide services
  • Home-based businesses located inside city limits (Home-based businesses must obtain a Special Use Permit before applying for the business license)
  • Businesses that are working an event (Event business licenses are based on the number of event days)
  • Sales tax only licenses for businesses that have no physical presence and do not send a salesperson or delivery truck or representative into the city, but deliver product into the city by common carrier

Business licenses are not transferable when there is a change of ownership or a change in location. A business must have a license for each physical location.

Applications submitted for businesses located inside city limits are routed from the City Clerk's Office to the Planning, Building, Code Enforcement, and Fire departments to ensure compliance with City Code.  A business license cannot be issued without the approval of all four departments.

Additional Documentation
Depending upon the nature of the business, applicants for a business license may be required to submit additional documentation, such as:
  • Proof of insurance in specific limits or occupational bonds
  • Sub-licenses for:
    • Cross connection control technicians
    • Lodgers tax
    • Merchant patrol / private investigators
    • Pawnbrokers / second hand goods dealers 
    • River rafting companies 
    • Tree trimmers

Sole Proprietors
Business license applicants who are applying as sole proprietors must also submit a lawful presence affidavit as required under Colorado Revised Statutes 24-76.5-103.

Refuse Disposal 
Business licensees must arrange for the disposal of refuse, including recyclables, by contracting with either the city or private waste removal contractors. To ensure that prospective licenses are aware of their responsibilities, those seeking business licenses for locations within city limits must declare how refuse generated through business operations will be disposed.