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Apply for or Renew Business Licenses Online or via Email

As part of the citywide effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses Office is currently closed to the public. Excise and Licenses is requesting all license applications not available online to be submitted via email during this health crisis. Go here for more information about submitting an application via email. For any questions, please email or call 311.

Business and Occupational Licenses


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Not Every Business Requires a License

If your business license and or type of business is not listed below, you may not need a Denver business license from our agency. If you are a contractor and need a license, visit the Community Planning & Development site, or visit the State of Colorado for state business licensing requirements.

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Compliments or Complaints?

If you have a complaint, compliment or concern about a business operating in Denver, please complete the Business License Compliment/Complaint Form and return it to our Department.  We will investigate any complaint regarding the business licenses that we issue for the City and County of Denver.

Download compliment/complaint form (PDF)