Support for Businesses
The City of Durango has established and continues to explore and develop programs to help provide relief to small businesses disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more details on any of the programs below, contact Alex.Rugoff@DurangoGov.org or (970) 375-4855.
Business Relief Fund
The city is allocating grants to small businesses and non-profits worth up to $15,000. Grants are eligible to reimburse a wide range of expenses, including rent/mortgage, payroll and accounts payable. Click here for more information.
Delivery Fee Reimbursement
The city of Durango is offering restaurants and food establishments utilizing third party delivery services reimbursement of fees exceeding 15% on Dec. 1 through Jan. 31, 2021. Food establishments must be small businesses as designated by the Small Business Administration to qualify. Reimbursement requests will be accepted through Feb. 28, 2021. Click here for more information.
Sales Tax Deferral
Allows local businesses to defer up to $10,000 in sales tax payments for up to 90 days after the City’s emergency order has been lifted. Click here for more information.
Free Parking for Curbside Pick-Up
The city is providing free, temporary parking spaces for restaurants and retailers providing take-out service. Click here for more information.
The city is working with downtown retailers and restaurants to streamline and permit the use of food and retail trucks in the Central Business District.
Outdoor Commerce Program
The city has relaxed private parking restrictions, allowing businesses to use up to 25% of their required parking for sales, merchandise display, seating, etc. Click here for more information.
The city has relaxed restrictions on temporary signage, allowing businesses to use additional signage than is normally permitted to help attract customers and advertise their services. Click here for more information.
Bump-Outs for Businesses
The city and Business Improvement District (BID) created the Bump-Outs for Businesses program to encourage outdoor dining and business activity in downtown Durango. This temporary program allowed businesses along Main Avenue and 2nd Avenue to use parking spaces and adjacent parts of the right-of-way for outdoor seating, conducting transactions, and displaying merchandise. Click here for more information.