Business Licensing

Doing Business at City Hall? Staring August 19, Allow a Little More Time

In order to ensure a safe and secure environment for our customers, staff and community, changes are underway at City Hall.

Beginning August 19, visitors to City Hall will be asked to check in at the reception desk and show a government issued photo ID. This will be required of visitors before proceeding to meeting rooms, the building permit counter, the business license desk and City Clerk’s office. There will be no change to visitors arriving for court or to pay fees at the Court window or for those obtaining services at the Police Department’s records window. Please allow a few extra minutes when conducting business at City Hall.

Thank you for your patience as we implement this additional security designed to increase the safety of our staff as well as everyone conducting business with the City of Wheat Ridge.

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.