Economic development, retail operations, and commercial and residential building all work as a single entity here in Thornton.
There is a tremendous amount of opportunity within the City of Thornton for existing businesses to thrive and grow. Our elected officials and City staff dedicate a substantial amount of our efforts to creating an atmosphere that provides businesses located in Thornton with every possible advantage.
Starting a business? Licensing is an important step toward doing business in the city. This page presents licensing information and all of the forms needed to get started in one place. All persons engaged in business in the City are required to have a City Sales and Use Tax Business License.
Information on the city's Contracting and Purchasing processes, how to obtain solicitation documents, and more.
Contractors working in the City are subject to use tax on the materials and equipment used to complete the work.
The City of Thornton maintains an economic development website, including business listings, development news, business resources, Thornton Development Authority information, etc.
Save time and file and pay your sales and use tax return online.
The City of Thornton Revenue Division collects sales tax, use tax, lodging tax, telephone tax, E-911 fees, franchise fees, PEG fees, and pawnbroker surcharge fees. These funds are essential to providing services that make the city a vital, business and family-friendly place to live.
It's the behind-the-scenes services that keep our lives running smoothly. So whether it's making sure clean water flows out of your tap, collecting your curbside trash and recyclables, issuing a building permit, or any number of other city services, you'll find the information you need here.
Americans with Disabilities Act contact information, ADA grievance information and ADA notice.
The Thornton Animal Control unit currently consists of four full-time officers who are available between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week, including all holidays.
The Building Inspection Division is responsible for the Plan Review, Permit Issuance and Inspection of new construction projects and remodel of existing structures in the City of Thornton.
The city has adopted codes (or standards) that govern the use and maintenance of private property in order to ensure that property across the community is maintained to the same standard.
The City of Thornton requires licensing for all contractors involved in the construction, alteration, remodeling, repairing and equipping of buildings and structures; installation of underground utilities; construction of roads and streets and construction of all City-owned water, sewer, and storm drainage facilities.
Depending on your location, electric and gas services are provided to residents of Thornton by Xcel Energy or United Power. This information should be on your electric or gas utility bill.
Mapping information and data analysis involving the City’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) used to assist City staff in making informed decisions about our community.
In the event of any snowstorm, the city’s first commitment is to clear the primary routes, then secondary routes – and keep them clear. In the case of a Class III storm (and only in this case) the city will plow all residential streets.
The Cone Zone provides information regarding lane closures and detours impacting the City of Thornton.
The city is committed to providing a safe and efficient transportation system for all road users.
The Environmental Services Team provides curbside trash and recycling collection services to over 29,000 homes in the City, as well as a number of other collection services for our citizens.
The City Clerk’s Office is a U.S. Department of State designated Passport Application Acceptance Facility. U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for passports at the office, located at City Hall, 9500 Civic Center Drive, Second Floor. Passport applications are accepted by appointment only.
The City of Thornton provides water, sewer, and trash services to its citizens. One or more of these services are reflected in your bill each month.
Thornton is committed to providing dependable and sustainable water resources for our customers to enjoy…now and into the future. Thornton is proud to provide quality water services, from the protection of source water, delivery of safe drinking water, wastewater collection and stormwater management and protection.
The City of Thornton has a commitment to keep our community a safe, secure, and healthy place to live, work, and raise a family. The Police and Fire Departments and City Court system are key components of that commitment.
Sign up to be notified via phone or email by your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts.
The Thornton Office of Emergency Management plans, coordinates and supports activities to reduce community vulnerability by preparing for, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating impacts to natural and man-made disasters and large-scale emergencies.
The City of Thornton maintains a full-service Fire Department with six 24-hour fire stations. Each fire response crew consists of a station officer, firefighter/engineer, and firefighter/paramedic.
The Thornton Police Department, in an on-going partnership with residents and businesses, now has a voluntary security camera sharing program.
The Thornton Police Department is led by Chief of Police Randy Nelson and operates under the three divisions: Patrol, Administration, and Detectives, each of which is led by a Deputy Chief.
By joining the Thornton Police Department, you are choosing to be part of an exciting profession that delivers unparalleled job satisfaction.
The City of Thornton has a commitment to keep our community a safe, secure, and healthy place to live, work, and raise a family.
Through the TPD Online Reporting System, you can report non-violent crimes such as damaged property, lost property, theft, forgery, identity theft or theft from a vehicle and should only be reported if the crime is not an emergency, is not traffic related, occurred within Thornton city limits, there are no known suspects, is not a violent crime and no physical evidence was left by the suspect.
Call the non-emergency number when police, fire, and animal control services are needed, but there is no urgency or emergency in the situation. Fitting circumstances could be non-violent crimes, deceased animals in the road, or vandalism with no suspect information.
Please click on the departments below to learn more about open volunteer positions.
Want to be involved in the decisions made in your community? If so, consider applying for a position on a Thornton Board or Commission. Read descriptions for all of the Boards & Commissions by
Complete the Board & Commission application and submit it via email by following the instructions on the form OR print and mail it to the following address:
City of Thornton, City Clerk's Office, 2nd Level9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton, CO 80229-432
A limited number of city of Thornton Divisions will accept court-ordered community service volunteers. Volunteers must be able to commit to at least one full-day shift from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, in order to be placed within a volunteer position after Labor Day through the end of May.
Seasonal hours dictate schedule changes June through September, where volunteers must commit to an eight-hour shift from 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m., or a 10-hour shift from 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. All community service must be completed before applying for any other city of Thornton volunteer opportunities.
to begin a court-ordered volunteer application.
The CERT Program educates residents about disaster preparedness for all types of hazards and teaches basic skills in disaster response, volunteer management, fire safety, basic first aid, and team development. CERT Basic Training is done once a year, usually during the Fall/Winter months. Trainings are held one night a week for 8 weeks. Applicants must complete all 24 hours and the full-day exercise as a graduation requirement. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
Click here to view the 2019 training schedule.
Help reduce the pollutants in our rivers and lakes during the Spring/Summer. Volunteer to place markers that say 'No Dumping -Drains to River' on storm drains that run into our local rivers and lakes and distribute literature on pollutant awareness. There is no age requirement to be a Storm Drain Marker Volunteer, simply an interest in water conservation and willingness to help the environment.
Click here to begin a volunteer application.
The Thornton Adopt-A-Street program encourages citizens to take an active role in their community by helping to keep our streets free of litter. Show you care about Thornton and help the environment by volunteering to Adopt-A-Street. By volunteering to Adopt-A-Street, individuals, groups, or organizations agree to remove litter from a selected street, once a month, for a period of one year.
Click here to learn more about Adopt-A-Street availability.
The Water-Wise Demonstration Gardens Volunteer will help with the maintenance of The City's Water Wise Demonstration Gardens. Volunteers will work with staff members and City contractors on garden duties, including, raking, weeding, watering, fertilizing, mulching, pruning, deadheading, planting, and removing plants as needed. The Water Wise Demonstration Gardens Volunteer must possess knowledge and experience in general gardening techniques.
Water Ambassadors help spread the water conservation message and inform neighbors about Thornton's conservation programs. Water Ambassadors must be at least 16 years of age with an interest in water conservation and willingness to learn about The City's water efficiency campaign and programs to help customers save water.
The Thornton Citizen's Police Academy provides community members with an inside look at law enforcement. This Academy will acquaint citizens with the Police Department's role in the criminal justice system and to provide increased understanding of the tasks Police Officers face in their daily work. The Academy meets once a week for 14 weeks and is designed to give citizens an overview of the police department's function and operational procedures. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
click here to begin an application.
Volunteers that have completed the 14-week Thornton Citizens Police Academy training are qualified for a range of volunteer positions within the Police Department. TCPAAA volunteers have the opportunity to continue their service in over 50 exciting and diverse positions and training.
The Thornton Police Department Victim Service Unit is a shared effort between the cities of Thornton and Northglenn. Victim Advocates offer support, assistance, and counseling to victims of crime. Volunteers provide 24-hour crisis intervention and on-site response. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
Applicants must be able to:
to begin an application.
The city of Thornton offers recreational, fast-pitch softball to girls ages 4-16 with practices beginning in May at various locations. Teams practice twice per week, either 5-6:30 p.m. or 6:30-8 p.m. Games are held on weeknights between 6-10 p.m. Head coaches and assistant coaches are needed to help teach young athletes the love of softball and provide a fun, positive, and character-building experience. Prospective coaches must complete a free online concussion training before applying.
All head coaches and assistant coaches must submit proof of concussion training and undergo a criminal background check prior to the beginning of the season (May).
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Summer program designed to cultivate responsibility in Thornton youth, ages 11-18. Volunteers assist with craft activities, supervise younger children participating in the Adventure Club at the Thornton Community Center, and oversee portable playground equipment and activities.
To join the Youth and Teen Volunteer Corps, please contact Jenny Dowdell at 720-977-5934 or