ALERT: Commerce City is under the Safer at Home public health order. All City of Commerce City facilities and rec centers remain closed to the public until further notice. Visit for updates.

Out of precaution for the COVID-19 crisis, city facilities are closed to the public and staff are working at a reduced capacity. Applications may be submitted by mail, but applicants can expect delays in processing time until normal operations resume.

 Marijuana Licensing

Review the steps required to apply for a marijuana business license as well as other useful information necessary for operating within the city.

View the marijuana licensing process and steps

View the Marijuana Sales Guidance During COVID-19 Crisis (Updated May 9, 2020)

Liquor Licensing

A liquor license is required to sell liquor in Commerce City.

View the the liquor licensing process steps and contacts

Business Licensing

Every person engaged in business in Commerce City must comply with the city's licensing and tax laws. All businesses are required to obtain a general business license even if the business is a service-only business.

If your business has more than one location within the city, a separate license is needed for each location. In some instances you may also be required to obtain additional specialty licenses due to the nature of your business. Applying does not constitute approval. The application must be filled out completely to begin the city’s review process. General business licenses do not need to be renewed annually.

For businesses located WITHIN Commerce City limits:

For businesses located OUTSIDE of Commerce City limits:

If you have questions regarding out-of-city business licenses, please contact:

MUNIRevs Support
Phone: 1-888-751-1911
Support available Monday-Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Specialty Licenses

The city does not issue licenses for peddlers (selling door-to-door), permanent outdoor food vendor stands, and roadside stands.


  • General business licenses: $20
  • Specialty licenses have unique fees that are listed on the application.

Fees must be paid with your application, with payment may be made at our office or mailed to the address on the application. The city currently does not accept online payments. If a license application is denied, only half of the fee is refundable.

Zoning Verification Letters

Contact the city’s planning division to request a zoning verification letter for a $25 fee.

Contractor Licensing


A contractor's license is required for most construction. Any contractor working in the City of Commerce City must hold a current license with the city. Electrical and plumbing contractors must register with the city. The City of Commerce City recognizes and licenses the following types of general contractors:

  • Unlimited general contractor A
  • General contractor B limited
  • Residential / general contractor C
  • Residential / remodeling contractor D
Download and complete the full Contractor License Application.

General Contractors



Homeowners do not need a contractor's license to perform certain types of work themselves. For more information, or to confirm that a contractor has a current license with the city, please submit a request by contacting the Community Development Department at 303-289-3790.