Sales Tax & Business Licensing
- Business Licensing Administration - Facilitates the process and approval of new business license applications and annual license renewal; including compliance, remittance processes, customer service, and information.
- Sales Tax Administration – Facilitates the process of sales tax collection from design of forms, remittance processes, customer service, and information.
- Revenue Collection – Responsible for sales tax compliance and collection through vendor education, field audits, and legal proceedings.
The Town of Windsor is a home rule municipality and began administrating and collecting its own sales tax in 2005. Complete Sales and Use Tax regulations can be found in the Windsor Municipal Code Chapter 4 - Revenue and Finance, Article III - Sales and Use Tax.
The Town of Windsor lies within two taxing districts - Weld County and Larimer County. To locate a street address within those counties, see Windsor Information and Navigation Gateway (WING).
Windsor sales tax rate is currently 3.95% regardless which county the Windsor address is located in. The Windsor sales tax rate is in addition to, State of Colorado and Larimer County sales tax. Weld County currently has no sales tax. Larimer County and State of Colorado sales and use tax rates can be found online or by calling 970-494-9805.
The Business/Sales Tax License Application is a dual-purpose license that includes both the Business License and the Retail Sales Tax License. Per Windsor Municipal Code Sec. 4-3-310, and Sec. 6-3-20 all businesses who conduct retail/wholesale sales and all businesses who only perform services to the public must obtain a license.
The cost of the license is $25 annually and expires one (1) year from date of issuance. Business may not be conducted until an approved Business/Sales Tax License is obtained. Please allow ten (10) business days for processing and approval.
For additional questions, see the FAQ's section or contact the Sales Tax/Business License Division.
Per Municipal Code Sec 4-3-340, a "special event" is defined as a retail sales event where three (3) or more people, businesses, or organizations are making sales of tangible personal property, at one location in Windsor, for less than seven (7) consecutive days. Only the Event Organizer is required to complete a Special Event Sales Tax License Application.
The cost of the Special Event Sales Tax License is $25 per event, per year. Plan accordingly to allow a minimum of twenty (20) business days for processing and approval so you event is not delayed or cancelled.
For more information regarding the application process, review the Special Event Guidelines or contact the Sales/Business License Division.
Per Municipal Code Sec 16-10-110, mobile food trucks are retail vendors and a Business/Sales Tax License Application is mandatory prior to making sales inside the city limits. The Windsor Planning Department also requires completion of the Mobile Food Vending Application.
The cost of the license is $25 and covers all locations.
For additional questions concerning Mobile Food Vendors, contact Sales Tax/Business License Division.
Windsor Municipal Code Section 4-3-360 and in Section 16-2-20 refers to seasonal sales as “temporary" sales of a product or service which is holiday-specific, such as Christmas tree sales, Halloween pumpkin sales, Farmer’s Markets, and the like. Each location will require a Seasonal Sales Permit Application (PDF) to be approved by the Director of Planning. The Business/Sales Tax License Application is also required at the time of submission.
The cost of the Permit is $10.00 in addition to the $25.00 Business License fee.
Contact the Planning Department at 970-674-2430 for additional information regarding Seasonal Sales.