Cañon City is a land of opportunity for companies looking to startup or expand in Colorado with the following great benefits:

  • An excellent climate
  • Excellent transportation connections
  • Improving and expanding job training programs
  • Lower wage levels compared to other parts of the state
  • Over 8 million visitors to southeast Colorado
  • Readily available land


Our aim in Cañon City is to assist prospective business owners in opening their business in our community. While there is information available on the website, we encourage you to contact City staff members early in the process to ensure the most efficient use of your time and to discuss permit and approval requirements. If you have questions at any point in the process, please contact the appropriate City Department for additional information.

Downtown Shopping District

For businesses considering a location within the Downtown Shopping District, please call 719-269-9011 and speak to City Planner Patrick Mulready or City Adminstrator Ryan Stevens for assistance with identifying potential locations and demographic and retail information.

Sales Tax License

Every retail merchant, before opening and/or operating in the city or before advertising items for sale, must obtain an Sales Tax License from the City Finance Department by contacting Tarla Daniel, Senior Account Technician for the Sales/Use Tax Division at 719-276-5252.

Construction / Renovations

For information regarding new construction, building renovations, and all construction-related permits, or to learn about the construction and renovation review process please contact Building Official Kathy Ulsh at 719-276-5253.

Zoning Ordinances

Additional requirements, such as special land use permits, may exist for certain types of businesses, such as restaurants serving alcohol, auto repair facilities, or home-based businesses. Please refer to the Zoning Ordinance or contact the Community Development Department at 719-269-9011 for additional details.