Licenses & Permits
Permits Issued by the Community Development Department
The Community Development Department issues the following permits and clearances. Please create an account and apply online using Community Development Self Service unless otherwise noted. If you need assistance using the online portal or have questions about permitting, please call the Community Development Department at 970-244-1430.
Required for temporary signage, flags, balloons and other special event displays.
Change of Use Permits
Change of use permits essentially change the use of the space and must meet requirements specified by that use. To apply, please contact the Community Development Department at 970-244-1430 or ComDev@gjcity.org.
Required for the widening of an existing driveway or construction of a new driveway.
Required before putting up a new fence or replacing an existing fence.
Home Occupation Permits
Required to run a business out of a residence.
Mobile Food Vendors (Food Trucks)
A permit may be required for the operation of a Mobile Food Vendor, also known as a Food Truck, within the city. For more information, reference this Frequently Asked Questions document (PDF) or contact the Community Development Department at 970-244-1430 or ComDev@gjcity.org.
Planning Clearances for Residential
Required for any new construction, including additions, garages or storage sheds constructed on residential property.
Planning Clearances for Non-Residential
Planning Clearances for Non-Residential Interior Remodels may be applied for online using Community Development Self Service. For other Non-Residential Planning Clearance information and requirements, please contact the Community Development Department at 970-244-1430.
Short-Term Rental Permits
Must be applied for and issued to a licensed sign contractor.
Special Event Permit
Required if an event is open to the general public and will take place within normal vehicular or pedestrian traffic on a City public street, property or right-of-way. Review the Special Event Permit webpage and apply for a permit online here.
Temporary Use Permits
Permits & Licenses Issued Through Other City Departments
Industrial Pre-Treatment Permits
Required for Industrial uses as well as Commercial uses such as restaurants, vehicle service facilities and machine shops. For more information contact the Wastewater Treatment Plant at 970-256-4180.
A liquor license is required to sell alcohol. For more information visit the Liquor License page and contact the City Clerk's Office at 970-244-1509.
Sales and Use Tax License
A sales tax license is needed to do business in the City of Grand Junction. For more information visit the Sales, Use and Lodging Taxes page and contact the Sales Tax Division at 970-244-1521.
The City of Grand Junction does not issue business licenses. However, please confirm with the Sales Tax Division if a sales or use license is required for your business. Contact the Sales Tax Division at 970-244-1521.
Permits & Licenses Issued Through Mesa County
Apply for a Contractor's License and find required testing information. For more information visit Mesa County Contactor's Licensing and contact the Mesa County Building Department at 970-244-1631.
Required for most types of construction. For more information on how to obtain a Building Permit Contact Mesa County Building Department at 970-244-1631. Contact the Community Development Department at 970-244-1430 for Planning Clearance requirements.
Mesa County Health Department Licenses
Required for schools/day cares; body art/tattoo parlors; restaurants. For more information contact the Mesa County Health Department at 970-245-8900.