Business Licensing Information

The City of Arvada requires all businesses located within the city limits obtain a business license. Any other business that regularly sells, leases, rents, delivers or installs tangible personal property within the city limits is also required to have a business license. Arvada is a home-ruled city which means we collect our own sales and use tax. Our tax rate is 3.46%

Zoning must approve all in-city businesses and the Building Department must approve all in-city commercial businesses. Food trucks, wanting to operate in Arvada, must apply for a Mobile Food Truck license through the Planning Department as well as a business license.

Tax return filing status is based on the nature of the business and will be assigned when a license is issued. All non-retail businesses are responsible for any use tax liability on furniture, fixtures, supplies and equipment used, stored, leased, rented or consumed in the business on which no local sales tax of at least 3.46% was collected. 

City of Arvada business licenses currently do not expire and there is no cost to apply. Contact the Revenue Division at 720-898-7100 option 1 with questions or for additional information.