Business Toolkit - Arvada Economic Development Association


Business Toolkit

A Great Place For Business.

So much goes into running a business, and we are committed to helping Arvada businesses thrive.
There are extraordinary resources available to you here, and this toolkit is designed with your success in mind. Read on to access Arvada’s network of organizations that can support your business growth, help you tackle challenges, answer your questions and more. And, if you need additional support, our team is always just a phone call away.

By The Numbers

Learn more about Arvada's population, work force and real estate. Take a look at the facts and figures here.

Your Business Neighbors

Here in Arvada, your business is in good company! From restaurants to real estate to retail, Arvada’s got it all. Get to know your business neighbors with our complete Business Directory.

North Metro Denver Small Business Development Center

Learn more about how to work with a consultant or sign-up for a low cost, interactive workshop. Resources to support your businesses success.

SizeUpArvada Analytics Tool


Sophisticated business intelligence can be a huge differentiator. In partnership with the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, AEDA now offers SizeUpArvada, a free, robust business analytics tool designed to support small and medium-sized businesses in a variety of stages. From the entrepreneur looking to start their first business to a seasoned business owner looking to expand their customer base, SizeUpArvada could be a game changer for your business. SizeUpArvada can assist in providing answers to:

  • Where should I start my business in Arvada?
  • Who are my competitors and how do I perform compared to them?
  • How can I find more customers?
  • How do I identify the best places to locate and advertise my business?

Try the tool below TODAY!


Business License

The City of Arvada requires all businesses located within the city limits to obtain a business license and file a sales and use tax return. Business licenses are free, can be applied for online and are generally approved within several weeks.



A successful Arvada business needs a thorough understanding of the city’s tax system, and we’ve got you covered there. Get the numbers you need in our Tax Information section.



Resource Directory

This city resource directory is a quick guide to the various city groups and their functions, which you may need to contact when starting or relocating a business. Further information about each can be found online at

Fire safety inspections and information. Serves Arvada, Wheat Ridge and areas of unincorporated Jefferson County.

Business safety and security consultation; alcohol laws and smoking ordinance enforcement.

Building Inspection

Commercial building permits, sign, roofing and fence permits, certificates of occupancy and change of use.

City Clerk’s Office

Administrative Licenses: liquor, amusement device, kennel, and film permit.

Code Enforcement

Resolves enforcement issues, reviews permits, code enforcement questions, and maintains city right of ways.

Planning & Zoning

Zoning questions, zoning compliance, development approval process, design standards, landscape requirements, special event permits, daycare and craft fair requirements, food truck, transient merchant permits and short term rental.

Public Works

Utilities, drainage, streets, traffic and change of use.

Revenue Tax Division

Sales and use tax information, tax questions, business licensing, admissions tax, lodgers tax, special event, day care and food truck requirements, tax audits and short term rental.

Utilities Administration

Water, sewer, storm water and associated fees.

Arvada Partners

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