Business Licensing


All for-profit businesses entities operating within the Town of Silverton are required by ordinance to obtain a local (Silverton) business license. The local application deadline is January 31st. Applicants will be charged a $25 late penalty after this deadline. 

New Businesses - State Registration

For general information about starting a business in Colorado, please visit the State of Colorado's Business Express page. New businesses engaged in taxable sales must establish a sales tax ID with the State of Colorado via FORM CR 0100.

Silverton Application for New Business License and License Renewal
Business license applications may be obtained at Town Hall, requested via email from the Town Clerk or downloaded from the Forms & Applications page. 


Inspections or other review procedures may be required prior to the issuance of your license. If you have questions about this process, kindly contact the appropriate person listed below:

Topic Name Title Phone Email
Zoning and Land Use Lisa Adair Town/County Planner 970-946-9408
Building Codes, Building Permits Bill MacDougall Town/County Building & Code Official 970-946-9031
Fire Codes, Inspections Bill MacDougall Fire Inspector 970-946-9031
Business Licensing, Liquor Licensing, Utilities Kelli Fries Town Clerk 970-387-5522 x1
Food Service Regulations and Licensing San Juan Basin Area Health Dept.   970-247-5702 San Juan Basin Health Website

Sales Taxes

Sales Tax rates are as follows: State 2.9%, County 6.5%, Town 1%     TOTAL = 10.4%
Additional sales tax information can be found by following this Department of Revenue link. Please also feel free to contact the Town Clerk with your sales tax-related questions. All businesses engaged in taxable sales must obtain a sales tax ID via FORM CR 0100. 

Lodging Taxes & Fees

Lodging businesses (hotels, campgrounds, weekly rentals) are required to collect and remit both County Lodging Taxes and Town Lodging Fees

The lodging tax is levied by San Juan County, and is 2% of gross receipts. Remittance is made quarterly to the State of Colorado via form DR-1485. 

The lodging fee is levied by the Town of Silverton, and is $4 per night for vacation rentals, $2 per room per night, or $1 per campsite per night. Remittance is made monthly to the Town of Silverton via the Lodging Fee Remittance form.