DOING BUSINESS IN LARIMER COUNTY
For resources specifically on Entrepreneurship & Innovation (including federal, state, regional and Northern Colorado cities), please visit the Entrepreneurship & Innovation page.
Read the Forbes' article about Fort Collins and the Top 10 for Best Places for Career and Business!
How to start or expand a business in Larimer County
Starting a business in Larimer County is easier than you think! Check out how to do so at Larimer County.
The Business Index expedites the research process by providing a comprehensive array of information, sites and tools for doing business in Larimer County.
Colorado Business Express provides business owners a single site to easily access vital information to interact with state government.
Relocate your business to Larimer County
The Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC) has a wealth of information and surpport for busiensses relocating to Larimer County. Visit them at www.NCEDC.com.
Colorado Prospects provides broad community information to assist businesses in finding the best location in Colorado for their
Hiring & Labor Laws
Larimer County Workforce Center's Business Services provides free assistance to businesses on labor laws, labor market and job postings through the Workforce's database. You can also sign-up for their newsletter.
Permits, Inspections, Planning, Building and Zoning
Looking to build, remodel or have questions about what is allowed in your zone district? Get answers to your land use or building questions, find on-line permits, or access the County Land Use and Zoning Code HERE.
Engineering Department: Responsibilities include planning and designing public works projects that include road and bridge, parks, and natural resources improvements; reviewing and enforcing engineering standards; providing surveying, construction, right-of-way, traffic and support engineering; overseeing floodplain administration and improvement district administration; and coordinating right-of-way (utility), special transport, and access permits.
• Building Permits
• Building Plan Review
• Building inspections,
• Building code enforcement for all the unincorporated areas of Larimer County.
Licensing and Inspection: Food Establishments
Larimer County Health & Environment
1525 Blue Spruce Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
• Licensing and inspections of all restaurants, grocery stores, delis, concession stands, meat markets, food processors, mobile food units and pushcarts
• Plan reviews, inspection and approval of all new or extensively remodeled food establishments.
• Conduct change of ownership inspections
• Training in safe food handling practices for restaurant managers and staff
Incentives and Taxes- click here
Financing Your Business Resources - click here
Larimer County Land Use Code
• Development of land in unincorporated Larimer County
• Zoning and use of land, including starting a business
Larimer County Special Events Permit
A special event is: a bicycle race or ride; foot race or walk; a motored vehicle event; a temporary road closure for purposes other than normal highway uses; or any other event utilizing a Larimer County road or other County property that requires changing, restricting, or adapting the normal traffic use of such a road. Also, it is the use of privately-owned land, buildings, or structures for a gathering where it is reasonably anticipated that attendance will exceed 300 people at any single time, at any location, for any purpose. This includes events such as carnivals, circuses, concerts, etc
Exporting and Importing
The Colorado International Trade Office (ITO) was established by the Colorado General Assembly in 1983. It was given two goals:
1. To promote the export of Colorado goods and services
2. Attract foreign investment that will create jobs for Coloradans
The ITO is open to all business and most services are free.