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Flexible Rebate Program

Flexible Rebate Program

The Flexible Rebate business incentive program offers rebates of certain city fees and taxes to eligible businesses to help offset the cost of expanding within Boulder. The program is available to primary employers (businesses of any size that receive at least half their revenue from outside Boulder County) that meet eligibility requirements and sustainability guidelines. Primary employers are defined by ordinance as businesses of any size that receive at least half their revenue from outside Boulder County with some exceptions (see below).

The Boulder city manager is authorized to consider approval of rebates for building permit fees and taxes eligible for rebate, as well as sales and use taxes paid to the city for purchases of fixed assets. 

2021 Flexible Rebate Application pdf

2021 Flexible Rebate Application Instructions pdf

The application deadline for the 2021 Flexible Rebate Program is Friday, Dec. 10, 2021.  For more information, contact Jennifer Pinsonneault at [email protected] or 303-441-3017. 

Flexible Rebate Program: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Flexible Rebate Program?

The Flexible Rebate Program helps encourage the growth and retention of Boulder businesses by investing in businesses that are investing in Boulder. The city manager can approve rebates of certain taxes and fees for primary employers interested in expanding in Boulder, provided the business submits an application and demonstrates that it meets eligibility requirements and sustainability guidelines. 

What fees and taxes may be eligible for rebate?

Fees and sales or use taxes paid to the city for building permits or on purchases of fixed assets such as furniture and equipment, during the program year and subsequent two years, are generally eligible for rebate. For example, businesses applying in 2021  that are approved for a rebate may request reimbursement for eligible taxes and fees paid to the city in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

What businesses are eligible for the program?

Businesses that meet the city's definition of primary employer (businesses of any size that generate 50% or more of their revenue from sales outside Boulder County, excluding hotels, motels, retailers and food service facilities) are eligible for the program. Other eligibility requirements are listed on the program application (see link above).

What are the sustainability guidelines?

To be eligible for the program, businesses must demonstrate commitment to environmental, social, and community sustainability. A range of sustainability guidelines is listed on the program application (see link above). 

How is the size of the rebate determined?

Several factors are considered in the review of a flexible rebate application including estimated economic impact and commitment to sustainability guidelines. The city manager determines the amount approved for rebate. 

How can my business apply for a Flexible Rebate?         

Complete the application (see link above) and submit to Jennifer Pinsonneault, City of Boulder, Community Vitality Department, at P[email protected]. Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Applications for the current program year must be submitted on or before Fri., Dec. 10, 2021.

"We are thrilled to be building a new, world-class brewery in our hometown. The Avery Brewing Company would not exist without Boulder and we can't imagine being anywhere else. This rebate is an incredible bonus. We are so appreciative that the city and the people of Boulder are helping us create what we know will be an amazing attraction and gathering place for our community for years to come."   -- Adam Avery, Avery Brewing Company