Business Licenses

Licensing Requirements

We welcome your business to Telluride. To assist you in business planning, we offer the following information.

Telluride has a business license law that mandates the licensing of persons doing business within Telluride town limits (Telluride Municipal Code Section 6-1-10 through 6-1-100) and Lawson Hill. Non-profits are exempt from this requirement. 

Business license proceeds are distributed to the visitors bureau

  • Marketing Telluride, Inc., for regional marketing (74%)
  •  Open Space Fund (20%)
  • town administration (6%)

Fees for licenses vary according to the type of business and number of employees, as outlined in the application. A separate license is required for each business location. 

Short-Term Rentals 

A short-term rental is a rental for less than thirty days (1-29 days). A business license and tax remittance is required on all short-term rentals. Fees are one hundred sixty-five dollars ($165.00) plus twenty-two dollars ($22.00) per sleeping room. Sleeping Room means any area with a bed surrounded by a minimum of one wall. Please note that the Town of Telluride has restrictions regarding short term rentals in residential zone districts in its Land Use Code.

Telluride Goes Paperless with Licensing and Tax Remittance

Effective June 28, 2012, Telluride began using a paperless licensing and tax remittance system, MUNIRevs. This program processes applications and renewal of business licenses, as well as sales and excise tax licenses and remittance. 


Visit the Telluride MUNIRevs website to start an application. For assistance creating your MUNIRevs account or connecting to your existing business account, please contact the MUNIRevs Support Department at (888) 751-1911.

Note: For information regarding Telluride sales taxes, please contact the Finance Director at (970) 728-2163, or visit the Finance Department.