Business Licensing

Doing Business at City Hall

In order to ensure a safe and secure environment for our customers, staff, and community, visitors to City Hall must make an appointment in advance with the appropriate Finance Division staff member. Please call 303-235-2820 or email

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 
Alcohol BeveragesPublic hearing process; Business license requiredCity Clerk303-235-2816
ContractorsThose located in the City need a business license alsoBuilding Division303-235-2855
KennelAll commercial and personal kennels for more than three dogs or four catsPolice303-235-2926


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.