Doing Business

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Pursuant to the City of Leadville Municipal Code 5.04.020 “Every person, firm, partnership, corporation or other business entity must obtain a business license from the city before operating, conducting or carrying on any for-profit retail trade, profession or business within the city.”  

The City of Leadville does not have a sales tax. Business owners are required to pay State sales tax and the Lake County sales tax for a combined amount of 6.9%. All business being conducted in the city limits of Leadville do require a business license. The business license fee is $50.00 per the calendar year and is not pro-rated.

New Business and Tax License Applications for 2022 are ready with the instructions. The City is in the middle of switching computer applications for the business and tax license process so the application does look different than in years past.

If you are thinking about starting a business in Leadville you might want to reach out to the Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation. The Lake County Economic Development Corporation is THE leading catalyst for business success by helping to retain and expand the economic base in Leadville and Lake County. The LLCEDC has also created a guide to starting a business in Leadville and Lake County:

Starting a Business in Leadville Lake County-.pdf

2022 Business and Tax License Application

2022 Business and Tax License Application Instructions


Marijuana Excise Tax Return for Retail Cultivation Licensees,

Process for paying the City of Leadville Retail Cultivation Marijuana Excise Tax starting Jan1, 2018