Business Licensing

Business Licensing

A City Business License is required for individuals and companies engaged in business in the City of Brighton, unless exempt under the Municipal Code. Businesses that require additional approval include, but are not limited to, contractors, businesses that sell alcoholic beverages, mobile businesses, merchant guards, group/foster homes and sexually oriented businesses.


Business licenses are be issued by the Finance Department. The business license also covers sales tax; therefore, separate business and sales tax licenses are not necessary. Unless a different expiration date is specified, or the license is sooner revoked, business licenses are good until the end of odd-numbered years (currently 12-31-2021).  


Staff is available to help in person by appointment only. To make an in-person appointment go to calendly.com/brightonco-tax-licensing.


Please note contractor licenses are issued by the Building Division. 

 

Business License Application

Please download the appropriate application below. 

 

License Application – Commercial Location – Use if you have a commercial business location within the Brighton City Limits. 

 

License Application – Home Business – Use if you live within the City of Brighton City Limits and your business is based at home. 

 

License Application – Out of City – Use if you do not have a physical location in the City of Brighton 



Food Trucks – Currently food trucks must have a temporary use permit issued by the Community Development Department before a business license can be issued. Please contact Community Development One Stop Customer Service for more information on the temporary use permit. Once the temporary use permit has been issued, please complete the appropriate business license application and indicate your temporary use permit number. 

 

In-home daycares – All in-home daycares must obtain a license from the City’s Finance Department. Depending on the size of the daycare, additional approval may be required. Please review the attached information regarding in-home daycares.


Please note that in City of Brighton, prohibited home businesses include, but are not limited to: 

  • Short term rentals (Airbnb, etc.)
  • Cosmetology and/or esthetician services

For more information about what is and is not allowed as a home business in the City of Brighton please contact the Planning Division at 303-655-2059.

Account Closure or Update  

If the business ownership is changing and/or the Federal Tax ID number will change, you MUST close your license and obtain a new one. 

 

To close or update your account the City needs a written request. The quickest way to close or update your account is to send an e-mail to SalesTax@Brightonco.gov

 

In your written correspondence, please include: 

  • City of Brighton Account / License Number 
  • Your name and title 
  • The reason for the Change or Closure 
  • The effective date of the Change or Closure


Contact Us

Brighton Sales Tax &
Business Licensing

500 S. 4th Ave.
Brighton, CO 80601
Phone: 303-655-2041 Email: SalesTax@Brightonco.gov
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In-person by appointment only. Make an in-person appointment.

Contractor Licenses & Permits

500 S 4 th Ave
Brighton, CO 80601
Phone: 303-655-2017
E-mail: 1stop@brightonco.gov