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Doing Business in Fort Collins

Business Resource Guide

The Fort Collins Economic Health Office is here to help you navigate through all local resources that are available to you.

Check out our Business Resource Guide if you're interested in:

  • Free/low-cost business consultation?
  • Marketing strategy planning?
  • Access to capital?
  • Data & Market Research?
  • City Programs & Incentives?
  • Joining a local Business Association?
  • And more

Business Resource Guide

Home-Based Business Resources

Home-based Business Forms

The City of Fort Collins encourages home-based businesses through a straightforward and easy-to-use permitting process.

Home Occupations

Any portion of a residential property, including a home phone, computer, mailing address, etc., used in deriving income or sales, will require the resident to obtain a Home Occupation license. Visit the Building department for more information.

Child care and other day care providers are exempt from home occupation licensing and requirements except for signage restrictions.

Home occupations include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Art/craft making
  • Seamstress services
  • Professional offices (real estate/insurance/medical)
  • Multi-level marketing
  • Vending services
  • Service businesses (contracting/janitorial)
  • Instruction (music)
  • Consulting
  • Wholesale/catalogue sales
  • Personal service (beauty/barber) shops
  • The renting of rooms for residential purposes

Not included under Home Occupation License

The following cannot be considered home occupation businesses.

  • Group homes
  • Health care facilities (Nursing homes)
  • Restaurants
  • Tourist homes (Bed and Breakfast facilities)
  • Animal hospitals

These uses are restricted to particular zoning districts.

Application Forms

  • Home Occupation License Applications can be downloaded, obtained at the Building Inspections/Zoning office at 281 North College Avenue or at the Sales Tax office at 215 North Mason, Fort Collins, CO. Or contact them at (970) 221-6760. The license fee is $25 and is renewable every two years. Code requirements regulating home occupation businesses are located in Article 3, Section 3.8.3 of the Land Use Code of Fort Collins.
  • Sales and use tax license application

For more information

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Questions about which licenses/permits you need to operate?

Our Business Licenses & Permits FAQ's will help guide you to get all required licenses and permits to operate your business.

Business Licenses & Permits FAQ's

Business Welcome Kit

Welcome to Fort Collins! We're here to help you acclimate!

Below are some resources to help you get started. Don't see what you need? Please contact us!

Business Welcome Kit

Home-based Business Forms

The City of Fort Collins encourages home-based businesses through a straightforward and easy-to-use permitting process.

Home Occupations

Any portion of a residential property, including a home phone, computer, mailing address, etc., used in deriving income or sales, will require the resident to obtain a Home Occupation license. Visit the Building department for more information.

Child care and other day care providers are exempt from home occupation licensing and requirements except for signage restrictions.

Home occupations include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Art/craft making
  • Seamstress services
  • Professional offices (real estate/insurance/medical)
  • Multi-level marketing
  • Vending services
  • Service businesses (contracting/janitorial)
  • Instruction (music)
  • Consulting
  • Wholesale/catalogue sales
  • Personal service (beauty/barber) shops
  • The renting of rooms for residential purposes

Not included under Home Occupation License

The following cannot be considered home occupation businesses.

  • Group homes
  • Health care facilities (Nursing homes)
  • Restaurants
  • Tourist homes (Bed and Breakfast facilities)
  • Animal hospitals

These uses are restricted to particular zoning districts.

Application Forms

  • Home Occupation License Applications can be downloaded, obtained at the Building Inspections/Zoning office at 281 North College Avenue or at the Sales Tax office at 215 North Mason, Fort Collins, CO. Or contact them at (970) 221-6760. The license fee is $25 and is renewable every two years. Code requirements regulating home occupation businesses are located in Article 3, Section 3.8.3 of the Land Use Code of Fort Collins.
  • Sales and use tax license application

For more information