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.

Activities eligible for sales tax rebate:

  • 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.
  • Construction materials

How to apply for CAZ status:

  • Contact Kayla Huthoefer Nelson, Economic Development Project Manager at (719) 520-6448 or at kaylahuthoefernelson@elpasoco.com
  • Complete the El Paso County Business Enhancement Program Agreement (BEPA)
  • Maintain copies of receipts and submit annually, per BEPA

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

Commercial Aeronautical Zone (CAZ) Map
Commercial Aeronautical Zone (CAZ) Map

Contact us:

Kayla Huthoefer Nelson
Economic Development Project Manager
9 E. Vermijo Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-520-6448
kaylahuthoefernelson@elpasoco.com