Boulder is an environment where business partnerships and collaboration are the cornerstone of a healthy, vibrant economy. Driven by a diverse business mix, strong entrepreneurial spirit, and historically vital business districts, Boulder's economic program reinforces the importance of economic health to our overall quality of life and demonstrates the city's support of business and economic sustainability.
The following list of resources and links is provided to assist businesses with doing business in Boulder.
Obtaining a business license with the City of Boulder
A City of Boulder business license is needed for all businesses operating in the city. Contact the city's Sales Tax professionals for more information and to find the application for sales/use tax, admissions, or accommodations.
Home occupations in the City of Boulder
Doing business out of your home, also know as "home occupations," are allowed with certain limitations and must be registered with the city.
Planning and Development Online Business Services
The City of Boulder 's Planning and Development Services (P&DS) provides online e-government services. These "Skip-a-Trip" services help customers check the status of building permits and inspections and download Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data.
Economic Vitality Coordinator Services
Assistance with Development, Redevelopment, Relocation, and General Assistance
The City of Boulder’s Economic Vitality Coordinator is available to LISTEN to concerns, answer questions, and be responsive to the needs of the business community. In addition to other roles in the city’s Economic Vitality Program, the position provides the following general client assistance with development, redevelopment, and relocation.
Assistance with development, redevelopment or relocation in Boulder
Provide customized city services and one point of contact to businesses
Development or expansion potential
Work with businesses and city staff to evaluate properties or projects
Boulder location options
Identify areas of Boulder that best match businesses’ needs
City “self-help” resources
Provide personalized training to use the city’s “self-help” resources, including the Web site, zoning map, and land use regulations
“Who do I need to talk to for…?”
Referral to city department contacts for business start up, “doing business” questions (e.g. beverage license, sales tax), assist with coordination and prioritization
- Assist and counsel re: permit and development review
To help businesses understand permit and development review requirements, options, and next steps
- “Pre-pre-application” assistance
Identify issues and review processes at an early conceptual stage, as clients evaluate application options
- Identify Planning & Development Services improvement suggestions
From client care suggestions, evaluate potential improvements with Planning & Development Services staff
, Economic Vitality Coordinator, 303-441-3287.
**New** Employment Resources
If you are considering opening a store or another type of business in Boulder that would benefit from drive-by traffic, or if you are curious to learn more about traffic circulation in a specific area, a comprehensive listing of traffic counts at locations throughout Boulder is now available. You will find information on average daily traffic volume, hourly traffic volume and historic traffic data in available on this site.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:50