Sales & Lodging Tax

City Sales Tax 

The City of Brighton is a home-rule City that collects its own sales tax. This means the City Sales Tax rate of 3.75% is remitted directly to the City.

On January 5, 2021, Brighton City Council passed an ordinance regarding economic nexus and marketplace facilitators.  

Remote sellers must collect and remit sales tax for the City of Brighton if:  

  • They have no physical presence in the State of Colorado and are required to collect and remit for the State of Colorado under the State’s rules and regulations.

  • They have a physical presence in the State of Colorado and make more than one delivery into Brighton within a 12-month period by any means, including common carrier. 

Marketplace facilitators, as defined in the City’s Municipal Code, must collect and remit City of Brighton sales tax on all taxable sales facilitated for marketplace sellers to customers in the City.

Business have the option to file and remit for Brighton through the Colorado Sales and Use Tax System (SUTS) at or they can file directly with the City.

Lodging Tax 

At the November 8, 2011 election, voters approved a 3.00% excise tax on lodging effective January 1, 2012. This tax is in addition the 3.75% Sales Tax.

Filing Frequency and Sales Tax Due Date 

Businesses can request monthly, quarterly or annual filing on their license application. If the 20th falls on a weekend or holiday, the due date is moved to the next business day. For example, sales tax returns for the first quarter (January – March) would be due April 20. Returns must be postmarked by the due date to be considered on time. 

Businesses can request monthly, quarterly or annual filing on your license application. The city will inform the business of the filing frequency when the license is issued. If you already have a license, you can request a change by e-mailing  

Businesses have several options for filing and remitting City of Brighton Sales Tax. If the business pays by check, please make checks payable to City of Brighton.

  • File Online – File at no additional cost to your business at ACH credit or debit payment accepted. Please note Prairie Center and Lodging returns cannot be filed online at this time. Click here for a guide to get started on

  • State of Colorado SUTS Portal – SUTS allows you to file and remit for participating Colorado jurisdictions all in one place. Prairie Center and Lording returns cannot be filed on this platform at this time. 
  • Zero / non-payment returns – email to
  • Mail Return with payment via standard mail to:
    City of Brighton
    PO Box 913297
    Denver, CO 80291
  • Mail Return with payment via certified or express delivery to:
    City of Brighton
    Attn: Sales Tax
    500 S 4th Ave
    Brighton, CO 80601
  • In person drop off at Brighton City Hall

City of Brighton Sales Tax Forms

Tax Refund Requests 

If you believe you have either over-paid Brighton tax, or you have paid Brighton tax in error, please fill out the claim for refund form below and provide the backup documentation for your claim. Our staff will review your request and contact you if more information is needed.

E-mail Claim for refund form to with supporting documentation.

Claim for refund form 

About the Brighton Prairie Center Public Improvement Fee (PIF)

A PIF is applicable on sales made at the Prairie Center. A PIF is a private fee collected by businesses on sales/services made at the site. The money is used to pay for the public improvements for the development of the site, such as curbs and sidewalks, storm management systems, sanitary sewer systems, public street lighting, and road and bridge development. 

A PIF is specifically a fee and NOT a tax; therefore, it becomes part of the overall cost of the sale/ service and is subject to sales tax. 

The PIF at Prairie Center is not collected by the City, but by a third part administrator, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, hired by the owner of the development site.

Telephone Utility Company Occupation Tax 

Article 3-36 of the Brighton Municipal code sates “There is levied on and against each telephone utility company operating within the City a tax on the occupation and business of maintaining a telephone exchange and lines connected therewith in the City, and of supplying local exchange telephone service to the inhabitants of the City. So long as this Article remains in force and effect, the annual amount of tax levied under it shall be four dollars ($4.00) for each telephone account for which local telephone service is provided by a tax-paying telephone utility company within the corporate limits of the City on January l of the current year for which the tax is levied.” 

Telephone Utility Company Occupation Tax form

Contact Us

Brighton Sales Tax &
Business Licensing

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

Online Sales Tax Filing

Phone: 225-215-0052
Toll-Free: 877-693-4435

Colorado Department of Revenue

Colorado Taxpayer Services:
Phone: 303-238-7378
CDOR Website:

Colorado SUTS Portal:

Colorado Tax Lookup Tool: