If you will be participating in a special event in Denver, and will be making retail sales, a Denver Special Event Sales Tax License is required. The Special Event License fee is $5.00. If you are already a regularly licensed Denver vendor with a current Denver sales tax license, no additional license or fee is required. Please include any sales made at the special event in your regular sales tax return for that period.
Denver as a “Home Rule City,” collects and administers its own taxes. Effective January 1, 2015, Denver’s sales tax rate is 3.65% for non-food items and 4% for food and beverages sold at retail. Additionally, the State of Colorado imposes a 4.0% sales tax. Please contact them at 303-866-5643, or
for their special event requirements.
Please check with your sponsor/organizer for special event forms and information. Several organizers have already made arrangements with this department for the distribution of special event tax forms.
If the forms are not available from your event organizer, use the template forms on this site. Complete the application/registration form and submit it, along with the required $5.00 license fee, as far in advance of the event as possible. Use the sales tax return to report and remit the sales tax you collected at the event. Sales tax returns are due on or before the 20th
of the month following the month of the event. Prior to sending your sales tax return, please call the number listed below to obtain your assigned sales tax account number. If you have already submitted special event sales tax returns and know your account number, be sure to include it on all of your forms (application and tax return).
A City and County of Denver tax revenue agent may contact you in person at the event itself. This is typically for the purpose of collecting a Special Event License Fee (if not previously paid) and/or to verify payment of the license fee prior to the event. Additionally, if you owe license fees or sales tax from a previous event, the tax revenue agent will collect those amounts as well.
Download the Special Event Packet
If you did not receive a sales tax return, download the Denver Sales Tax Special Event Packet / Registration Form. Call (720) 913-9446 to obtain the correct account number and due date (generally due the 20th of the month following the month of the event).
Questions or Problems?
Call us at (720) 913-9446 for questions about taxability, procedures, or any other tax-related concerns.