Business Licensing

2024 License Renewal applications are now being accepted on our portal Renewal applications will require you to resubmit information about your business to make sure we have updated information. Please mark “renewal” where it asks reason for submitting application.

All businesses with a physical location in City of Brighton (City), whether commercial or home based, are required to have an active business license issued by the City’s Finance Department. A business may be considered to have physical presence if the businesses' employees come in to the City to provide goods or services and may be required to have a license. 

In accordance with Colo. Rev Stat.§ 39-26-802.9. no license is required for remote sellers or those with only incidental physical presence in the City that are properly licensed with the State.    

Please note that renewal applications are subject to review and approval to ensure compliance with the City’s code.

Beginning in 2024 licenses will be issued through the end of the year in which they were issued. 

For liquor licensing please contact the City Clerk’s Office.

For contractor licenses please contact the building and permitting division. 

If you have questions about what is and is not allowed as a home business in the City of Brighton please contact the planning division at 303-655-2059. 

Security Guard Businesses

Beginning in 2024 individual security guards will no longer be required to obtain a merchant guard license. Instead the security guard business must obtain a business license form the City's Tax & Licensing Division. The security company will be responsible for ensuring that it's employees are properly background checked and meet all rules, laws and regulations. Please note the application for a security guard business current is not available through the online portal. Click the link below for the application. 

Business License Application 

If you are applying for a new license you will have to register and choose the appropriate license. Please see below if you are unsure which license application to complete. If you already have an account with the City of Brighton, you will need your account number and an activation code. 

Brighton Commercial (In City Location) Business has a physical commercial location in Brighton. 

Brighton Home-Based - Business is based in a home within Brighton city limits.

Mobile Vendor - For mobile and outdoor vendors including food trucks. 

Service (No City Location) - Business does not have a physical office in Brighton, but comes into the city to provide goods or services. This includes, but is not limited, contractors and security services. 

Remote Seller Registration - This option is available for remote sellers exempt from licensing requirements who need a Brighton sales tax account. 

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Brighton, CO 80601
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