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Contractor Licensing

Contractor Licensing

Apply for a City of Boulder Contractor License

Go to the Forms and Applications Database to view the specific License Requirements for different types of contractors using the links in the related links section.

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Access your licenses, permits and review documents through the Customer Self-Service Portal. 

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Contractor License Updates and Renewals

Updates to a Contractor License may be submitted via email at [email protected] .  Visit the   Contractor Licensing Renewal  webpage for instructions on how to renew your contractor license via email. A contractor license is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. 

For emailed applications, a confirmation email will be sent with instructions for payment online after your license information is processed . Please wait for confirmation before creating a new Customer Self Service account to prevent duplicate contact information, as this may cause delays with both your Contractor License as well as any permit status notifications.

If you prefer to pay by c heck, please make it payable to the “City of Boulder” and mailed to City of Boulder Contractor Licensing, PO Box 791, Boulder, CO 80306. Please reference your license number or company name.

Licensing Fees

Contractor licensing fees can be found in Sections 4-20-4, 4-20-13, 4-20-15, 4-20-21, and 4-20-56 of the Boulder Revised Code, or you may obtain a copy of the Schedule of Fees from our office, located at 1739 Broadway, third floor.

Contractor Licensing Exams

Locations and information regarding contractor license exams is available on the Contractor/Trades Exams page of the International Code Council (ICC) website.

Locations and information regarding International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) exams is available on the ISA website. For a Written Arborist Licensing Exam, contact the City of Boulder Urban Forestry Division at 303-441-4406.

Insurance Requirements

Every contractor granted a license is required to maintain at all times a certificate of insurance showing the following information:

  • City of Boulder, 1739 Broadway, third floor, PO Box 791, Boulder, CO 80306 as Certificate Holder and Additional Insured.
  • The insured's name and address. The company name and address must be identical on the certificate of insurance, application and license.
  • The insurance agent's name, business address, email and phone contact information.
  • The policy number, limits and policy term.
  • Public Liability Insurance minimum limit of $150,000 per person minimum limit of $600,000 per accident .
  • Public Property Damage Insurance minimum limit of $100,000 per accident .
  • Workers' Compensation Insurance as required by Colorado Revised Statutes for any employee other than the licensee.
  • Surety Bond good for one year in the amount of $5,000 (Right-of-Way licenses only).
  • An endorsement requiring 10 days notice by mail to the Planning and Development Services Center before the insurer may cancel the policy.
  • Signature of the qualified agent must also be shown on the certificate.

The Boulder Revised Code (B.R.C 4-1-8) requires that the City of Boulder, its elected officials, and its employees be listed on the certificate as additional insured.

Licensed Contractors

Visit the Hiring a Contractor  webpage for lists of City of Boulder-licensed contractors. The city license for contractors requires testing, but this does not mean that the city endorses these businesses.