City Taxes

Effective Monday, October 26, 2020 City Hall is closed to the public. 

Starting Monday, October 26 there will be no in-person meetings for sales tax and licensing, however, you may e-mail sales tax or licensing questions to or call 303-655-2041. We are here to help in English or Spanish

Additionally, you may drop of any license applications or sales tax payments in the utility (water) payment drop box outside the building, be sure to clearly indicate that it is for Sales Tax.

Empezando lunes 26 de octubre 2020 la Ciudad de Brighton estará cerrada al público y no podemos tomar citas en persona. Si tiene dudas sobre los impuestos sobre ventas o la licencia de negocio por favor mande correo electrónico a o llame 303-655-2041, estamos disponibles para ayudarle en inglés o español.

También puede dejar su pago de impuesto sobre ventas o su solicitud de licencia afuera en el buzón del pago del agua. Asegúrese de indicar bien que es para “Sales Tax”

City Sales Tax 

The City Sales Tax Rate is 3.75% and is remitted directly to the City of Brighton. The City of Brighton is located in two counties: Adams County and Weld County. 

Brighton, Adams County – 8.50% combined rate 

Remitted to City of Brighton        3.75% City of Brighton 

Remitted to State of Colorado    2.90% State of Colorado 

                                                    0.75% Adams County 

                                                    1.10% RTD/CD 

Brighton Weld County – 6.65% combined rate 

Remitted to City of Brighton 3.75% City of Brighton 

Remitted to State of Colorado 2.90% Sate of Colorado 

Options for Filing & Remitting City of Brighton Sales Tax 

The City of Brighton may allow for monthly, quarterly, and annual sales tax filing. Sales Tax Returns are due on the 20th of the month following the end of the period. For example, first quarter tax returns (January – March) are due April 20th. If the 20th falls on a weekend or holiday the due date is the next business day. 

Please use the following sales tax forms. Contact the City for blank copies of Prairie Center Sales Tax Return. 

The following options are available for businesses to file and remit City of Brighton Sales Tax. 

  • File online via third party website Please note you cannot file Prairie Center or Lodging Returns online at this time.
    Online filing account set up guide
  • Zero / non – payment return: e-mail copy of return to
  • Mail Return with payment via standard mail to:
    City of Brighton
    PO Box 913297
      Denver, CO 80291
  • Mail Return with payment via certified or express delivery to:
    City of Brighton
    Attn: Sales Tax
    500 S 4th Ave
      Brighton, CO 80601
  • In person drop off at Brighton City Hall

Make checks payable to the City of Brighton. Please DO NOT combine sales tax payments with payments meant for other departments such as utility billing.

Tax Refund Requests 

If you believe you have either over-paid Brighton tax, or you have paid Brighton tax in error, please fill out the claim for refund form below and provide the backup documentation for your claim. Our staff will review your request and contact you if more information is needed. 

Claim for refund form 

City Use Tax 

The City of Brighton imposes a City use tax of 3.75% on: 

  • The purchase of motor vehicles outside the city limits by a City resident. This is typically paid when the vehicle is registered with the County and is then remitted to the City by the County. 
  • On any and all construction and building materials. The City use tax on building and construction materials is paid on an estimated basis when the building permit is issued. The permit must be presented to the vendor when purchasing building and construction materials for the permitted project in order to be exempt from City sales tax.

Lodging Tax 

At the November 8, 2011 election, voters approved a 3.00% excise tax on lodging effective January 1, 2012. This tax is in addition the 3.75% Sales Tax. 

Telephone Utility Company Occupation Tax 

Article 3-36 of the Brighton Municipal code sates “There is levied on and against each telephone utility company operating within the City a tax on the occupation and business of maintaining a telephone exchange and lines connected therewith in the City, and of supplying local exchange telephone service to the inhabitants of the City. So long as this Article remains in force and effect, the annual amount of tax levied under it shall be four dollars ($4.00) for each telephone account for which local telephone service is provided by a tax-paying telephone utility company within the corporate limits of the City on January l of the current year for which the tax is levied.” 

You may use the attached telephone utility company occupation tax form to submit this tax. 

Brighton Prairie Center Public Improvement Fee (PIF) 

A PIF is applicable on sales made at the Prairie Center. A PIF is a private fee collected by businesses on sales/services made at the site. The money is used to pay for the public improvements for the development of the site, such as curbs and sidewalks, storm management systems, sanitary sewer systems, public street lighting, and road and bridge development. 

A PIF is specifically a fee and NOT a tax; therefore, it becomes part of the overall cost of the sale/ service and is subject to sales tax. 

The PIF at Prairie Center is not collected by the City, but by a third part administrator, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, hired by the owner of the development site. 

Contact Us

Brighton Tax

500 S. 4th Ave.
Brighton, CO 80601
Phone: 303-655-2041 Email:

  1. Colorado Department of Revenue

    1375 Sherman St.
    Denver, CO 80261
    Taxpayer Services: 303-238-7378

    SalesTaxOnline Website Support

    Phone: 225-215-0052
    Toll-Free: 877-693-4435