Business Licensing

A business license is required for each business, occupation, or profession within the Town of Estes Park which consists of selling goods, wares, merchandise or services, the performing or rendering of service for charge, the leasing, renting or furnishing of accommodation units, and the carrying on or engaging in any non-residential business. Each business conducted at a separate location, regardless of ownership, shall obtain and maintain a separate business license.
 
The Town Board approved a reduction to the 2020 Business License fees for General, Home, Building Contractor and Accommodations.

 

2020 Business License Type Fee Amount
General/Home/Building Contractor    $50.00
Mobile Food Vendor $25.00
Accommodations, 5 Units or Less $50.00
Accommodations, 6 to 20 Units $100.00
Accommodations, 21 Units or More $150.00

 

 

NOTE: All Business License Renewals are due January 31 of each year.

Payments received after January 31 of each calendar year will be assessed a penalty of $200 in addition to the licensing fee.

To make an online payment a license or registration number will be required. For new business licenses, please use #2000 as the license number. 

Business License Types & Applications 
General Business License

A General Business license is required for a business, profession or occupation that consists of the selling of goods, wares, merchandise or providing a professional service (outside the home). This category also applies to any non-resident business, profession, occupation, or professional service. (A non-resident business is defined as a business whose business premises is located outside the corporate limits of the Town.)
Cost: Fifty dollars ($50) per year.

General Business License Application

Business Regulations and Licenses

Note: Applicants filing as a sole proprietor must complete an Affidavit of Lawful Presence with any business application submitted to the Clerk's office.

Building Contractor Business License

A Building Contractor business license is required for a business, profession or occupation whose primary business is in the physical construction of structures and their appurtenances.
Cost: Fifty dollars ($50) per year.
  
Building Contractor Business License Application

Business Regulations and Licenses
 
Note: Applicants filing as a sole proprietor must complete an Affidavit of Lawful Presence with any business application submitted to the Clerk's office.

Home Business License

A Home business license is required for a business, profession or occupation conducted by the resident within or from a dwelling (inside the Estes Valley) as an accessory use to the residential use of the dwelling, excluding a building contractor or an accommodation business.
NOTE: The Home license category does not apply to non-resident home-based businesses.
Cost: Fifty dollars ($50) per year.
 
Home Business License Application

Home Occupation Regulations
 
Note: Applicants filing as a sole proprietor must complete an Affidavit of Lawful Presence with any business application submitted to the Clerk's office. 

Mobile Food Vending

Outdoor Mobile Food Vendors are permitted in: A, CD, CO, CH, I1 Zoning Districts
Outdoor Mobile Food Vendor; shall mean any person, whether as owner, agent, consignee or employee, who sells or attempts to sell, or who offers to the public free of charge, any services, goods, wares or merchandise, including, but not limited to, food or beverage, from any licensed vehicle (carts prohibited). 
Cost: Twenty five dollars ($25) per year.
 
Mobile Food Vending Application

Mobile Food Vending Use Regulations
 
Note: Applicants filing as a sole proprietor must complete an Affidavit of Lawful Presence with any business application submitted to the Clerk's office. 

Accommodations Business License

An Accommodations business license is required for the leasing, rental or furnishing of any room, mobile home, recreational vehicle, camp site, or other area in a visitor-serving facility that provides temporary lodging, such as any hotel, motel, guest house, apartment, dormitory, mobile home park, recreational vehicle park or campground, or any such similar place, to any person whom, for a consideration, uses, possesses, or has the right to use or possess such room, mobile home site, recreational vehicle site, camp site or other area for a total continuous duration of less than thirty (30) days.

Accommodations Business License

Business Regulations and Licenses

Note: Applicants filing as a sole proprietor must complete an Affidavit of Lawful Presence with any business application submitted to the Clerk's office. 

Bed & Breakfast Registration

A Bed and Breakfast Registration is required for the temporary lodging of guests in a residential dwelling unit that is rented, leased or occupied for accommodations purposes and is operator-occupied on a full-time basis.

Cost:
In the Town of Estes Park Limits: Two hundred dollars ($200.00) base fee per year; fifty dollars ($50.00) for each bedroom
County/ NO FEE

Bed and Breakfast Registration Application

Bed and Breakfast Regulations

Bed and Breakfast Change of Information

Note: Applicants filing as a sole proprietor must complete an Affidavit of Lawful Presence with any business application submitted to the Clerk's office.

Vacation Home Registration

Vacation Home Registration information can be found by visiting the page here.

License & Registration FAQ's
License/registration Information Changes

To update License information Please indicate any changes to the information on file with the Clerk's office by completing an updated Business Licenses Application, or Change of Information form for Bed and Breakfast and Vacation Home Registrations. Return to the Clerk's office by email at townclerk@estes.org or by mail to Attn: Town Clerk's Office, P. O Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517.

License & Registration Communication

All communication regarding license and registrations will be done by email, a valid email address is required for all Business Licenses and Registrations. All invoices and licenses/registrations are emailed through a document management system. If the invoice or license/registration is not received in a timely manner, please ensure the email has not gone to a spam folder and recognize the email address for future correspondence. If still not found, please call the Clerk's Office at 970-577-4777.

Invoice or License/Registration not Received

Invoices are emailed as a courtesy in mid December for issuance in the following year. All invoices and licenses/registrations are emailed through a document management system. If the invoice or license/registration is not received in a timely manner, please ensure the email has not gone to a spam folder and recognize the email address for future correspondence. If still not found, please call the Clerk's Office at 970-577-4777.

Licensing Databases

To view Licensed Businesses, Liquor Licenses, and registered Vacation Homes and Bed and Breakfasts, please visit the Records Portal. Databases are available as a searchable PDF or downloadable Excel Spreadsheet. Please call the Clerk's Office at 970-577-4777 if issues occur while accessing the Records Portal.

Credit Card Fees

All credit card payments made online are subject to a $0.75 transaction fee and 2.25% processing fee. These fees are collected by the State of Colorado and are automatically applied on the payment portal.

License/Registration Expiration

All licenses/registrations expire on December 31 of each year, and a grace period of January 31 of each year is in place for submitting required renewal paperwork and applicable fee. Residential zoned vacation homes which do not register by the deadline shall forfeit their registration and are subject to reapplication and cap limits.

Tax Rates

A sales tax chart for 2020 can be found by visiting www.estes.org/salestax.

Non-Profit Businesses

Businesses which operate as a non-profit business and maintain a tax-exempt status with the United States IRS are not required to obtain a business license with the Town of Estes Park.

Applications are also available at the Town Clerk's Office, Room 130 of Town Hall.

Submit Applications to:

townclerk@estes.org

Or mail to: Town of Estes Park

Attn: Town Clerk's Office

P.O. Box 1200

Estes Park, CO 80517

Or drop off in person at:

Town Clerk's Office

170 MacGregor Ave., Room 130

Estes Park, CO 80517

Or fax to: 970-577-4770

 

 

Applicants filing as a sole proprietor must complete an

Affidavit of Lawful Presence 

with any business application submitted to the Clerk's Office.