Please view the Aurora Code, Chapter 86 LICENSES, for more information.
Requirements for a "Home Occupation" Business
Home Occupation is a secondary use that operates business activities within a residential dwelling and follows the Supplemental Regulations for Home Occupations set forth within the Zoning and Building Code (Section 146-1220 and Section 146-2001).
Home Occupations require a Business License and must meet the following regulations:
The residents of the dwelling unit shall be the only people engaged in the activity;
The activity is carried on only in the principal building and is incidental and secondary to the primary purpose served by the dwelling;
The storage of materials to be used in the activity shall be inside either the principal building or an accessory building;
There shall be no external evidence, which in any way advertise or evidence the performance of the activity;
Except for parties entering the dwelling unit as a result of prior individual invitation, in no way shall the general public be invited or solicited upon the premises;
Performance of any personal service including, but not limited to, insurance agents, tax consultants and instruction in the arts, shall be limited to one pupil, client (which may include a partnership, married couple or parties engaged in a joint venture) or customer, at any one time;
In no way shall the use jeopardize the health, safety or welfare of the occupants or of the surrounding neighborhood; and
The operation of a Home Occupation shall not cause or encourage an amount of vehicular or pedestrian traffic above what is normally associated with the residential area in which the Home Occupation is conducted. Commercial vehicles less than 7,000 pounds empty weight are permitted on a residentially zoned lot (Section 146-1501). Truck tractors, semitrailers and tow trucks are not permitted on residentially zoned lots.
Note: The conducting of an animal hospital, barbershop, beauty parlor, daycare, health clinic, hospital, kennel, dog/cat daycare, contractor yard, auto repair / detailing, outdoor storage, retail marijuana, commercial food preparation / catering or restaurant or tearoom shall not be deemed to be a "home occupation."
Daycare homes/centers, group homes, schools, places of worship or other uses listed in the Residential Use Table (5.1) within Residential zones are not regarded as home occupations because they are categorized as Live/Work and are regulated separately within the Zoning and Building Code.
All licenses referred to here and issued by the Tax and Licensing Division are not transferable to a new owner. Any change of ownership requires a new application and license, with fees paid according to the provisions applying to that particular license.
Lodging Services/Short-Term Rentals
Anyone advertising rentals lasting for less than 30 days is engaging in the provision of lodging services. A business license and collection of the lodger’s tax may be required. Renting a property with a long-term written lease agreement for more than 30 days is not in the business of providing lodging services and the following requirements do not apply. The following FAQ provide information regarding short term rentals in most Aurora residential zones.
Aurora Short-Term Rentals FAQ
Small Business Assistance
The Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers assistance and support to entrepreneurs in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Adams counties. We work with small business owners at all stages of business, whether they have an idea and are considering starting a business, have just started their business, or have been operating for an extended period of time.
Business Licensing and Tax Class
Aurora offers a free workshop designed to help new and existing businesses understand business licensing and taxes. This beginner level seminar is intended to explain what is necessary to start-up in Aurora, and all types of businesses are welcome. Understand the process of obtaining a business license in Aurora, taxpayer rights and responsibilities, taxes you may have to pay, and the reason that audits are conducted. Tax and Licensing staff will be available to answer questions specific to your industry or situation.
||Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon
||Aurora Municipal Center
2nd Floor Aspen Conference Room
15151 E. Alameda Parkway
Aurora, CO 80012
Please go to the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) web site for more details and to register. Drop-ins are welcome, but registration will help to ensure sufficient seating for everyone.