The Town Clerk is responsible for a wide range of duties relating to town elections, town meetings, licensing, and cemetery records. Notices of meetings, minutes of meetings, and decisions of town boards and commissions are filed in this office.
Notary Public Services are available at Town Hall. We charge $2 per notary signature, and you will need to bring a current photo ID with you. For further information, please view this online document (PDF).
Permits & Licenses Processed by the Town Clerk
Any new business licenses issued on or after November 1 of a given year will be valid through the end of the next calendar year.
If your business has closed and you no longer need to receive business license renewal forms in the mail, please fill out our online form.
Although our Municipal Code states that Buena Vista residents must obtain a license and tag annually for each dog they own, the Town is not enforcing these Code provisions at this time.
Section 7-93 of the Town Code states "No person shall keep animals or fowl within the corporate limits of the Town unless such person has a valid permit to do so, and no animal or fowl shall be allowed to run or fly at large." If you have horses, cows, llamas, rabbits, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese or bees you will need to obtain a permit from the Town Clerk's Office.
Retail Liquor Licenses
If you are seeking to apply for a new Liquor License, or transfer or make changes to an existing license, please contact the Town Clerk's Office to discuss all of the requirements. The Town Application Checklist (PDF) serves as a guideline, but you will need to speak with Staff to make sure you get the right form(s) and have all the information on the process and documentation that will be required.
Please consult the Liquor Enforcement Division Fee Schedule to determine what fees will be due to the Town and the Colorado Department of Revenue. Fingerprinting may be completed at the Leadville Police Department located at 800 Harrison Avenue in Leadville. Contact Alyssa at 719-486-1365 ext. 3 to schedule an appointment, or go through the CABS (Colorado Applicant Background Services) system. Please contact the Town Clerk at 719-581-1017 for information on accessing CABS.
Special Event Liquor Licenses
If you are planning an event where alcohol will be served to the public or invited guests, please review the Nonprofit Special Event Liquor Permit Guidelines (PDF) to see if you are required to obtain a Special Event Permit. You may also review the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division Bulletin on Rules for Donated Alcohol (PDF) which must be adhered to if your event is a fundraiser.
At the April 2016 Regular Municipal Election, citizens voted against allowing Retail Marijuana Cultivation Facilities or Retail Marijuana Stores within Town limits. The only licenses currently permitted in Buena Vista are Medical Marijuana Centers.
The use of property for a marijuana cultivation facility, marijuana product manufacturing facility, marijuana testing facility or retail marijuana store as those operations are defined in Article XVIII, Section 16 of the Colorado Constitution is prohibited in all zone districts in the Town of Buena Vista. Marijuana clubs are prohibited in all zone districts in the Town.
The State of Colorado is the regulatory agency overseeing all marijuana sales and enforcement. Please visit the Colorado Department of Revenue Marijuana Enforcement site to view the constitution, statutes, and regulations. For local Ordinances regarding medical marijuana licensing in Buena Vista, please consult Article IV of the Town's Municipal Code.
The Town Clerk is responsible for public records and other information, including all resolutions and ordinances that are adopted by the Board of Trustees. Records can be requested from the Town Clerk by submitting the Request for Information (PDF) form. If you have further questions, please contact the Town Clerk at 719-581-1017.