Commercial Aeronautical Zone (CAZ)

El Paso County, the City of Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) and the State of Colorado is dedicated to attracting local businesses and helping them thrive at the Colorado Springs Airport. Through the Commercial Aeronautical Zone (CAZ), Aviation Development Zone (ADZ), Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) and the Enterprise Zone (EZ), businesses can benefit from numerous tax savings.

By resolution adopted by the Board of County Commissioners, the sales tax from El Paso County is rebated for businesses specifically engaged in a variety of aeronautical activities.

Exempt from sales tax are:

  • The sale, purchase, lease, rental, use, storage, distribution or consumption of any aircraft, aircraft parts or supplies, equipment, tooling, solvents and/or paints used or consumed in the manufacture, maintenance, repair or overhaul of aircraft within the Commercial Aeronautical Zone.
  • Purchase of lease equipment directly and exclusively used or consumed in the manufacture, maintenance, repair or overhaul of aircraft within the Commercial Aeronautical Zone.
  • Annually, El Paso County will provide a credit back to eligible businesses within the Airport CAZ for the county’s 1% general sales tax collected on the items above; for businesses in the CAZ not on the Airport, the credit will be for one-half of that amount.
  • Constructions materials

How to apply for CAZ status:

  • Contact Crystal LaTier, Interim Economic Development Director at (719) 520-6484 or at crystallatier@elpasoco.com
  • Complete the El Paso County Business Enhancement Program Agreement (BEPA)
  • Maintain copies of receipts and submit annually, per BEPA
  • Resubmittal of BEPA must be done yearly to receive the credit

More information on the Commercial Aeronautical Zone (CAZ) and other incentives to business: FlyCOS.com

Commercial Aeronautical Zone (CAZ) Map
The Commercial Aeronautical Zone (CAZ) was adopted by resolution by the Board of County Commissioners to benefit businesses specifically engaged in a variety of aeronautical activities. To learn more about how the CAZ can benefit your business, please visit the business incentives tab on the main page of El Paso County Economic Development.

Contact us:

Crystal LaTier
Interim Economic Development Director
9 E. Vermijo Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-520-6484
Fax: 719-520-6288
crystallatier@elpasoco.com

Sara Lobato
Economic Development Senior Analyst
9 E. Vermijo Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-520-6480
Fax: 719-520-6288
saralobato@elpasoco.com