Business Licensing

The Town requires a business license for any person who engages in the operation, conduct, or carrying on of any retail, profession, trade or business within the Town.

This includes but is not limited to the following:

•Directly or indirectly operating or maintain a building, store, office, salesroom, warehouse, or other place of business within the Town.

•Sending one or more employees, agents or sales persons into the Town to solicit business or to install, assemble, repair, service or otherwise assistant any person in the use of products.

•Making delivery of goods or services to any entity or person located within the Town. Business can not occur until a license has been obtained from the Town and the applicant has met all requirements assessed. Any person operating, conducting or carrying on of any retail, profession, trade or business which contains or is composed of separate retail businesses shall secure individual licenses for each trade, profession or business. Individuals obtaining a business license must complete all forms before a license will be issued.

Home Offices & Home Occupations: If you are planning to conduct business out of your residence please contact the Town as soon as possible. Some types of businesses may not be allowed within residential zoning districts. Please contact the Town Hall to find out what is permitted in the area where you live.

Any business license application that is submitted incomplete will be returned to the business and a business license will not be issued. The business will be considered to be in violation of Town codes until all information is provided to the Town. § Sec. 5-19.

Required when doing business: It shall be unlawful for any person or his agent to engage in or carry on a business in the town for which an occupational license fee is required without first having paid the license fee and obtained a revenue receipt, as provided in this article.

License Fee: Two or fewer employees, $45.00, plus $10.00 for each additional employee over two. The owner of the business is considered an employee. The license fee does not apply to the operation of any business exempted by state or federal law, delivery of newspapers or to any vacation, or calling of a religious or charitable nature.

License Expiration & Penalties: Business Licenses expire on December 31 of each year, and must be renewed by January 31 to avoid a late fee. If the business license fee is not paid within one month of the due date, there shall be a penalty of $15.00 added to the fee, and if the fee is not paid within two months of the date when due, then there shall be a penalty of $30.00 added to the fee. If the fee is not paid within three months of the date when due, then the total penalty then due for non-payment shall be increased by 25% per month thereafter.

SALES TAX LICENSE: All businesses conducting retail sales are required to charge the Town’s sales tax rate of 3.0%, County tax of 2.0% and the State tax of 2.9%, for a total of 7.9% sales tax. A person or business having a permanent location where retail sales are conducted on a regular basis must obtain a standard sales tax license from the State of Colorado. C.R.S. 39-26-103

BUILDING PERMITS: The Town requires building permits for any new construction, change of use/occupancy, or remodeling. This includes interior remodeling or placement of exterior fencing (greater than 6ft in height). Work done without a proper permit may be subject to double permit fee and the new construction may be required to be removed. Before purchasing any building materials and commencing construction, please contact the Town. If you have any question regarding building requirements, please contact the Town

Building Official, Mike Shave at 970-259-5800. If you have any questions that pertain to the Water and Sewer Specifications/Codes, please email or call Ron Saba, Director of Public Works email or 970-884-9544. Any construction that impedes or impacts the Town Right-of-Way will also need approval from the Town Manager and/or Public Works Director.

SIGN REQUIREMENTS: The Town requires a permit for any new signs. Before purchasing and placing any sign, please contact Town Hall. There are sign code regulations available on the Town Web site at that goes into further detail regarding permissible signs.

ZONING: If you are planning to expand your business, create a new business or change the type of business you have at your location, please contact the Town of Bayfield to verify that it is a permissible use and whether a site plan is necessary.

EMERGENCY: The Town of Bayfield requests emergency contact information on the Business License Application. This information is shared with the Bayfield Marshals Office for emergency management so please make sure it is all accurate.

FIRE DEPARTMENT: Business Licenses: Upper Pine Fire Protection District is sent a copy of all business licenses that are located within the TOwn limits. An inspection of the premises must be performed and the business must comply with requirements set forth in the 2003 International Fire Code. The business license will not be issued until a compliance sign-off has been received from the fire department. Building Permits: All commercial building permits are sent to the fire department for review to verify that the proposed plans meet the code requirements of the 2003 International Fire Code. The fire department also reviews all changes of occupancy and construction, alterations, repairs, or additions to an existing commercial structure. No construction or alterations shall be permitted without approval from the fire department. If yo have any questions regarding fire department requirements, please contact 970-884-9508.

STATE REQUIREMENTS: Business License Applicants will also need to contact the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) to establish an unemployment-insurance (UI) tax account, Colorado Department of Revenue (CDOR) to establish sales and wage-withholding tax accounts, and the Internal Revenue Service to obtain an Employer Identification Number.

Helpful Websites: CDLE - CDOR - IRS -,,id=97860,00.html

If you have any questions about the above requirements or anything not covered above, please do not hesitate to contact the Town of Bayfield @ 970-884-9544.