Economic Development / Business

Starting, Expanding or Bringing New Business to Cañon City

Cañon City is a land of opportunity for companies looking to startup or expand in Colorado. With lower wage levels compared to other parts of the state, improving and expanding job training programs, an excellent climate, readily available land, excellent transportation connections, and over 8 million visitors to southeast Colorado, we hope that you will find Cañon City ideal for your business. We want you to succeed in Cañon City.  

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.

For businesses considering a location within the Downtown Shopping District, please call 719.269.9011 and speak to City Planner Patrick Mulready or Economic Development Director Ryan Stevens for assistance with identifying potential locations and demographic and retail information. 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.
For information regarding new construction, building renovations, and all construction-related permits, or to learn about the construction and renovation review process please contact Community Development Director Deana Swetlik at 719.269.9011.

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.


Economic Development Director
Ryan Stevens | 719.429.1658