Tax and Licensing Division
15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Suite 1100
Aurora, CO 80012
303.739.7800 Option 1

Many of your tax questions may be answered by clicking the topics below or on the left of your screen. Should you require additional information, please contact the Tax and Licensing Division and we will make every effort to answer your questions as quickly as possible.


Tax Reminders

Notice of Collection Requirement for Marketplace Facilitators

Effective September 1, 2020 Marketplace Facilitators are required to collect sales taxes on sales facilitated for third party marketplace sellers on their website. This is effective with ordinance 2020-19 

Notice of Taxability Change

Cigarettes are subject to tax effective Dec. 1, 2019. The exemption from City sales and use tax is eliminated with the passage of ordinance number 2019-64. Retailers are required to collect the Aurora sales tax rate of 3.75% on cigarettes beginning Dec. 1, 2019. This sales tax will be remitted as part of your regular city of Aurora sales and use tax filing. Note that failure to collect the sales tax does not remove the retailer’s responsibility for payment.  

Notice Sent to Taxpayers Regarding the Discontinuing of the Mailing of Tax Returns

This letter is to inform you that the City of Aurora, in an effort to reduce paper consumption, postage costs, processing times and costs, and improve accuracy will no longer be mailing paper tax returns beginning October 2018. View this letter for additional details.

Lodging Services/Short-Term Rentals

Anyone advertising rentals lasting for less than 30 days is engaging in the provision of lodging services. A business license and collection of the lodger’s tax may be required. Renting a property with a long-term written lease agreement for more than 30 days is not in the business of providing lodging services and the following requirements do not apply. The following FAQ provide information regarding short term rentals in most Aurora residential zones.

Aurora Short-Term Rentals FAQ

Business Licensing and Tax Class

Aurora offers a free workshop designed to help new and existing businesses understand business licensing and taxes. This beginner level seminar is intended to explain what is necessary to start-up in Aurora, and all types of businesses are welcome. Understand the process of obtaining a business license in Aurora, taxpayer rights and responsibilities, taxes you may have to pay, and the reason that audits are conducted. Tax and Licensing staff will be available to answer questions specific to your industry or situation.

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2021 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Location: Webex Video Conference

Please go to the Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC) website for more details and to register.


Additional information about licensing companies doing business in the city, obtaining a liquor license, or types of special use permits required in the city can be found by browsing through Business Licensing. You will find information on the following topics:

General Business Licensing

Liquor Licensing

Other Business Licensing and Special Use Permit Requirements

Please view the Aurora Tax Code, Chapter 86 LICENSES, for more information.

Marijuana retail store, cultivation, manufacturing and testing establishments must go to the Aurora Marijuana Enforcement Division web page for licensing information.

Click on the link below to download a Quick Reference Guide related to taxes and licensing in Aurora. 

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