Business Licensing

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TEMPORARY OFFICE CLOSURE:  The City Administration Building and the Office of the City Clerk is closed to the public effective Monday, March 23, 2020, until further notice.  Even though the office will be closed to the public, there will be staff available to take your phone calls and email communications, and to answer questions by phone or email as quickly as possible.  All applications may be submitted by mail, and we strongly encourage submission of applications, attachments, and payment by check by mailing to the address listed below.  If needed, license and renewal applications or documents may be deposited in the blue drop box on the lobby level.  Envelopes with a tamper-proof seal will be provided for the documents and payments. We will process the license application and mail and/or email the license and receipt using the contact information you provided on the application.  It is important to note that work is not authorized until you receive the license. The Office of the City Clerk provides important and essential services to the public, and it is our goal to provide service to the fullest extent possible.  Please contact the office via email or call (719) 385-5901 to speak with, or leave a message for, a clerk regarding your case. 

Mail applications, attachments, and payment to:
Office of the City Clerk
Attn: General Business Licensing
P.O. Box 1575
Colorado Springs, CO   80901

For all questions regarding Business Licensing, contact the City Clerk's Office
719-385-5901, option 1 · Fax: 719-385-5114  ·
30 S. Nevada Ave., Suite 101, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

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City + State Licensing (dual jurisdiction / statutory regulated licenses)

General Business Licensing

Other than Liquor and Beer Licensing and Marijuana Licensing, only those business types listed on the left menu require a business license issued by the City Clerk's Office. Businesses not listed may require other state or local government approval, permits or licenses. The Business License Overview document provides a summary of the required documentation for the separate types of general business licenses.

Select a license type from the menu for additional information.

Fees and Payment

  • The City Clerk's Office is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm
  • Most Business License fees are $110 annually. Refer to City Code below or specific license page for details.
  • For most Business Licenses, the fee for late renewal is 50% of the license fee in addition to the license fee
  • Required background check for Private Security Officers and several other licenses is an additional $7

Applications and City Code

City Code Chapter 2, Article 1 pertains to all Business Licenses

For detailed information regarding a specific license type, select your desired license type from the menu on the left. Each page contains application forms, fees, City Code, and additional information for each license type.