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)

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:

  Registration # Business Name Industry Website
1 10013 JAS Designs LLC Architecture/Construction
2 10051 Mountain Dog Arts Art Studio/Retail
3 10031 Inner Depths Empowerment Coaching Coaching/Wellness
4 10024 Ouray CustomMade Construction  
5 10025 Red Mountain Construction Construction  
6 10066 Bolinger and Queen, Inc Construction
7 10003 The Ouray Handyman Construction/Home Improvement
8 10028 Red Mountain Radio LLC Consulting
9 10048 Henderson Planning and Consulting Consulting  
10 10067 LGCY Installation Services LLC Contractor
11 10005 Skol Sculpture Studio Design/Fabrication
12 10039 Silver Wolf Dog Lodging Dog Boarding  
13 10006 Ouray Mountain Rescue Team Emergency Services
14 10011 Western Slope Business Solutions Financial Services
15 10008 Ouray Brewery Food/Beverage
16 10009 Maggie's Kitchen Food/Beverage
17 10019 Timberline Deli Food/Beverage  
18 10040 The Artisan Bakery + Cafe Food/Beverage
19 10042 Kami's Samis Food/Beverage
20 10049 Ouray Wine Garden Food/Beverage
21 10056 The Gray Tavern Food/Beverage
22 10058 Sauvage Spectrum Food/Beverage
23 10061 Beaumont Food Service LLC Food/Beverage Catering  
24 10032 K J Wood Distillers Food/Beverage Manufacturing
25 10004 Timber Ridge Lodge Hospitality
26 10064 EmTech Inc Industrial Repair/Maintenance
27 10065 TriOptimum Technologies IT Solutions
28 10047 Switzerland of America Jeep Rental/Tours
29 10007 Ouray Haus Lodging  
30 10016 Matterhorn Inn Lodging
31 10017 Abram Inn and Suites Lodging
32 10018 Twin Peaks Lodge & Hot Springs Lodging
33 10041 China Clipper Inn Lodging
34 10046 Ouray Inn Lodging
35 10050 Ouray Manor B&B Lodging
36 10059 Beaumont Hotel & Spa Lodging
37 10054 To the Point Massage Massage
38 10023 ViaSana Massage & Bodywork Studio Massage/Spa/Wellness
39 10029 Mountain Chill Radio Radio Station
40 10001 Aspen House, LLC (442 Oak St) Real Estate  
41 10002 BTMF, LLC (644 Main St) Real Estate  
42 10020 Wild West Realty Real Estate
43 10027 Ouray Real Estate Corporation Real Estate
44 10030 The Mountain Group & The Monroe Group Real Estate
45 10033 Stonewood Property Management LLC (408 Main St ) Real Estate
46 10034 Benton Building (325 6th Ave) Real Estate
47 10035 Bellhaus, LLLP (900 Main St) Real Estate
48 10036 Billy Goats Gruff Real Estate
49 10037 Go Ouray (145 Loretta Ct) Real Estate
50 10060 Longshot Ventures LLC Real Estate  
51 10063 MoeHome LLC Real Estate  
52 10010 Ouray Ice Park Recreation
53 10052 Ouray E-Bike Rentals Rental
54 10000 Mountain Fever Shirts & Gifts Retail
55 10012 O'Toys Retail
56 10014 Ouray Bookshop Retail
57 10015 Ouray Mountain Sports Retail
58 10021 Ouray Liquors Retail  
59 10026 RB Horsetraders - Art & Antiques Retail  
60 10043 Columbine Gifts & Jewelry Retail  
61 10044 Silver Lynx Retail
62 10045 Humble Mountain Retail
63 10053 Ouray Grocery Retail
64 10055 Khristopher's Culinaire Retail
65 10062 Columbine Mineral Gift Shop Retail  
66 10022 Photos of Ouray Retail/Photo Gallery
67 10038 Ouray Yoga Wellness
68 10057 Pilates Ouray Wellness

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