Sales Tax & Lodgers Tax

Lodgers' tax increase

After the approval of ballot question 1-A presented to voters April 6, 2021, the city is authorized to increase the city lodgers' tax rate from 2.0% to 5.25%

After the adoption of the ordinance amending pertinent sections of Chapter 23 of the Code of Ordinances an effective date for the increase is June 1, 2021.

Coronavirus Emergency - Sales Tax Deferral

Interim City Manager Amber Blake signed into order the deferral of sales tax payments to help mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses that qualify within city limits. The City is accepting applications for the deferral of payments due during the period when the Emergency Declaration is in effect. 


Durango is a home rule city. As a result, the licensing and tax structure may be different than those of the State of Colorado or other taxing jurisdictions. Please contact us if you have any questions or need clarification on any issue.

Tax Rate

Retail sales inside the city limits are taxed at a total tax rate of 8.4% which includes a 2.9% state tax, a 2% county tax, and a 3.5% city tax. 

The city collects three tax types:

Tax TypeDescriptionRate
SalesCollected by retailer at point of sale or rental3.5%
UsePayable by the "user" of the product when City of Durango sales tax has not been collected at the point of sale or on rental payments3.5%
LodgersPayable in addition to the city sales tax2%


Generally, taxes are to be reported and paid on a monthly basis. If the tax liability is estimated to be less than $300 per month, the applicant may request to file and pay on a quarterly basis. If the tax liability is less than $50 per quarter or the business is service based, the applicant may file on an annual basis. The due date of returns is the 20th of the month following the end of the month / quarter / year. Delinquent returns are subject to a penalty of 10% plus interest. Businesses must file a return for the periods, even if no taxes are owed. 

All lodgers' taxes are to be reported and paid on a monthly basis.

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