Business Registration & Licensing

Ouray Business Registration

When is Business Registration required?

  1. If you own a business in Ouray city limits (no matter whether it is home-based or storefront)
  2. If you conduct business within Ouray limits
  3. If you enter Ouray city limits to sell items or to render a service
  4. If you have recently bought a business in Ouray
  5. If you have changed your business location in Ouray
  6. A business must notify the City of any change in ownership, contact information, address, number of employees, or other pertinent business operation information
  7. A business must register for each physical location 
  8. Home Occupation Businesses (must meet standards per Chapter 7, Section 5-J-2 of Ouray Municipal Code)


All businesses operating in Ouray must submit a complete Business Registration Application and fee to the City Clerk. The City of Ouray Business Registration Fee is $10.00 per business (Resolution No. 16, Series 2021). A penalty of two times the yearly registration fee shall be collected if the business fails to renew by May 31st of each year.  

Click below to complete the format you are most comfortable with:

Business Registration Application (PDF Format)
Business Registration Application (*fillable PDF)
*Please download, complete, and print or electronically sign before submitting

Benefits of Ouray’s Business Registry:

  • Help first responders easily contact local businesses in the event of a medical emergency, fire, or disaster.
  • Help local law enforcement communicate safety concerns more easily to affected businesses.
  • Help the City of Ouray become a Certified Main Street Community and obtain critical State funding for businesses.
  • Help local and regional business owners network and benefit from a public list of existing businesses across industries.


What is the process for getting a business registration application approved?

Applications submitted for businesses located inside city limits are directed to the City Clerk's Office to complete registration. The City Clerk will coordinate with business owners or authorized agents throughout the registration process and will enroll businesses in Ouray County’s Wireless Emergency Notification Systems (WENS) unless elected to opt-out. 

Business Registration is required (via Ordinance No. 9, Series 2021) and hereby effective beginning December 18, 2021.  

Currently Registered City of Ouray Businesses:

Other City Licenses & Permits:

Huckstering Permit

Required for any sale or offer of goods, services, or things for sale within City parks, parkways, or recreational facilities, regardless of whether or not within City limits, or on the streets, alleys, and sidewalks of the City. 

For more information on the City’s Huckstering requirements and information, click here. To apply, submit a completed Huckstering Permit Application to the City of Ouray.

For example, an ice cream truck was set up in Rotary Park on the 4th of July. 

Liquor Licensing

The Ouray City Council is designated the local licensing authority for purposes of exercising the duties and powers provided for in the Colorado Beer Code and the Colorado Liquor Code. 

For more information on the City’s Liquor Licensing requirements and information, click here or contact the City Deputy Clerk/Treasurer, at 970-325-7064, or email

Special Events Permit

Alcoholic beverages may be consumed or possessed on City Property when the City Council has granted a permit for a Special Event. Such permits shall be granted only to a nonprofit organization in good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State and meeting the requirement of C.R.S. §44-5-102, as may be amended from time to time. A condition of each permit shall be that the permit holder shall maintain order and clean up any public areas after the event. Other conditions shall be imposed as necessary to protect public health, safety, or welfare. Upon violation of any condition, the permit may be terminated immediately by the police. 

Alcohol beverages may be consumed or possessed during a private event on City Property when City Staff has approved such an event.

Special Event Applications are required through the Colorado Department of Revenue, Liquor Enforcement Division. A public event with alcoholic beverages sold to guests takes a minimum of six (6) weeks for approval from the State Licensing Board. To apply, submit a completed Special Events Permit Application to the City of Ouray for City Council consideration. 

Licensing Fees:

Full Fee Schedule, per City of Ouray Resolution No. 3, Series 2013: Exhibit A 

Ouray Municipal Code Section

Administrative License/Permit


Special Events Permit

Local Profit Business

$25 per event

Nonlocal Profit Business

$150 per event

Nonprofit Organization/School District

No Charge

Huckstering Permit

Local Profit Business

$25 per day;

$100 for two or more days within a 30 day period

Nonlocal Profit Business

$150 per day; 

$500 for two or more days within a 30 day period

Nonprofit Organization/School District

No Charge

Business Registration

Business operating in Ouray

$10 per year

Church, Nonprofit Organization, Charity

No Charge