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License Information

The City Clerk's Office handles the following licenses for the City of Durango:

Twofold Application Process

Liquor licensing requires twofold approval, which is initiated at the local level and is submitted for state review and approval once the Durango Local Licensing Authority has granted approval.

Two tests must be met to qualify as the holder of a liquor license:

  • First is the good moral character of the applicant, which is proven through fingerprinting and background investigations conducted at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • The second is the needs and desires of the designated neighborhood, which is proven by the circulation of petitions prepared by the clerk's staff.

Forms & Fees

Local and state application forms are available in the Clerk's Office. It takes approximately 120 days to complete the application process.

Fees vary depending on the class of license sought. Liquor licenses are issued for a 12-month period beginning on the day of issuance of the state license.

Contact Information

Contact the City Clerk's Office at (970) 375-5010 for additional information.

License Expiration

Business / sales tax licenses expire on December 31 of each year, and must be renewed by January 31 to avoid a late fee. Liquor licenses expire a year after the date they were issued. Medical marijuana renewals must be completed and submitted by December 1 of each year.

Posting & Exhibiting

The current license must be posted in a conspicuous place at the business location for the full term of the license.

Lists of current business licenses issued by the City of Durango

The City Clerk's Office produces two lists every four months, listing (as of the date of the report) current licenses held by businesses inside the city limits, and (in a separate list) held by businesses outside Durango that do business within the City.  The lists are not exhaustive, due to the dynamic nature of the licensing, but can be useful for searching businesses licensed by the City.

Business & Sales Tax License Fees

Every business applicant pays the city a $30 application fee. This also applies to an existing business which changes its location within the city limits; the application fee is waived if the move is within the same building. The Planning and Fire departments may charge additional fees for their required inspections and reviews pertaining to city code and zoning.

The amount of the business license fee is based on the number of employees, whether full- or part-time. The number of employees is determined by the monthly average of employees during the preceding year. The license fee for a new business shall be based on the estimated monthly average number of employees for the next ensuing 12 months.

License Fee Schedule

Number of EmployeesLicense Fees
5 or fewer$50
6 to 10$78
11 to 20$105
21 or more$122


Additional License Information & Fees

  • Event Business License Fee: $25 for 0-15 events and $50 for over 15 events.
  • Lodger's Tax License: The city charges a one-time processing fee of $25 on applications in this category.
  • Nonprofit Organizations: No license fee - just the application fee and whatever fee the Planning and/or Fire departments charge for review and inspection.
  • Sales / Use Tax Only License: $25 - this category is for businesses located outside Durango, that only deliver into the city using a common carrier.

Specialty licenses may have additional licensing fees. These relate to:

  • Carnival and circuses
  • Cross connection control technicians
  • Merchant patrol / private investigators
  • Parades
  • Pawnbrokers / second hand goods dealers
  • River rafting companies
  • Tree trimmers

Late Fee

Business and sales tax licenses expiring on December 31 must be renewed and fees paid annually by January 31. The city assesses a $30 late fee on renewals completed after January 31. Licenses not renewed by March 1 will be cancelled.

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