Business Licensing

A City of Brighton Business License issued by the Finance Department – Sales Tax Division is required for individuals and businesses in engaged in business in the City. This license also serves as the sales tax license. Licenses for mobile vendors are valid until the end of the year in which they were issued. Licenses for most other businesses are good until the end of every odd numbered year.

Depending on the type of business additional licenses, permits and/or approvals may be required. Businesses that require additional approvals include, but are not limited to, contractors, merchant guards, and group homes. Additional approval may be needed through the City’s Community Development Department for Family Childcare Homes. Please see the Family Childcare Home Flyer here  for more information.

Prohibited home businesses in the City of Brighton include, but are not limited to 

  • Short-term rentals (Airbnb, etc.)
  • Cosmetology and/or esthetician services

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. 

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

For contractor licenses please contact the building and permitting department. 

New Business License Application 

License Application – Commercial Location – use for a commercial business located within the City of Brighton

License Application – Home Business – use for a business based at a residential home within the City of Brighton

License Application - Mobile or Outdoor Vendor – Mobile outdoor vendors wishing to operate at or within 200 ft. of a City Park must have this approved application in addition to a Business License

Mobile or Outdoor Vendor Parks Application – Mobile outdoor vendors wishing to operate at or within 200 ft. of a City Park must have this approved application in addition to a Business License

License Application – Out of City – use this application if your business does not have a location in the City of Brighton and is not a mobile or outdoor vendor  

License Renewal Application 

Complete the appropriate license application to renew your City of Brighton License. Additional information may be required before a license can be renewed. 

Commercial Location 2022-2023 license renewal application – no fee

Brighton home business 2022-2023 license renewal application – no fee

Mobile or outdoor vendor 2022 license renewal application – $60 fee 

Mobile or outdoor vendor Parks Application – Mobile outdoor vendors wishing to operate at or within 200 ft. of a City Park must have this approved application in addition to a Business License

Out of City 2022-2023 license renewal application – no fee 

Mobile or outdoor vendors 

Effective October 2021 the City of Brighton has revised the rules and regulations regarding mobile or outdoor vendors. Please see attached information sheet here  to learn about the new rules and regulations. 

Account Closure or Update 

If the business ownership is changing and/or the Federal Tax ID number will change, you MUST close your license and obtain a new one. 

To close or update your account the City needs a written request. The quickest way to close or update your account is to send an e-mail to SalesTax@Brightonco.gov

In your written correspondence, please include: 

  • City of Brighton Account / License Number 
  • Your name and title 
  • The reason for the Change or Closure 
  • The effective date of the Change or Closure


Contact Us

Brighton Sales Tax &
Business Licensing

500 S. 4th Ave.
Brighton, CO 80601
Phone: 303-655-2041 Email: SalesTax@Brightonco.gov
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Make an in-person appointment.

Contractor Licenses & Permits

500 S 4th Ave
Brighton, CO 80601
Phone: 303-655-2017
E-mail: 1stop@brightonco.gov