Business Licensing

All individuals or entities engaged in business in the City or collecting City sales tax must obtain a City business license, or a temporary tax license. Other licenses may also be required, depending on the type of business activity. Section 11-22, Wheat Ridge Code of Laws.

Operating without a valid business license is subject to daily fines of up to $1,000 per day as set forth in sections 1-5 and 1-6 of the City Code of Laws. Fines are imposed after due process of notification has been exhausted and a summons to court has been issued. The amount of the final levied amount is determined by the judge. A license is not valid if it is not renewed.


Additional Licenses or Permissions

License Type Comment Department Contact
Alarm Provider Registration with the police and a business license is required Police 303-235-2932
Alcohol Beverages Public hearing process; Business license required City Clerk 303-235-2816
Contractors Those located in the City need a business license also Building Division 303-235-2855
Kennel All commercial and personal kennels for more than three dogs or four cats Police 303-235-2932
News Rack Regulated as to number and location Code Enforcement 303-235-2926
Pawn Broker Background and financial review required Police 303-235-2932


Please be aware that the City strictly enforces its sign code. To avoid any issues, call Zoning at 303-235-2846 for details BEFORE contracting for or placing any signage.