Short-Term Rentals Laws, Rules, and Regulations

In 2016, Denver City Council adopted an ordinance requiring the licensure of short-term rentals and creating requirements that short-term rental licensees must comply with.

Key features of Denver’s short-term rental laws, rules, and regulations:

  • All short-term rentals must be licensed.
  • Any short-term rental must be the host’s primary residence.
  • All advertisements for short-term rentals must display the host’s business license number.
  • All short-term rental hosts must abide by rules related to safety, taxes, zoning, and insurance.
  • Failure to follow the rules can result in fines or other penalties, including license revocation.

Denver’s short-term rental laws, rules, and regulations can be accessed through the following links.

Short-Term Rental Ordinance

Short-Term Rental Rules(PDF, 568KB)

Short-Term Rental Taxation Information(PDF, 252KB)

Short-Term Rental Zoning Provisions(PDF, 428KB)

Short-Term Rental Policy Development

Denver City Council

As short-term rentals were becoming more popular, the Denver City Council Neighborhoods and Planning Committee met to discuss neighborhood issues and policy options associated with the growing industry.  Below you can find the links to those committee meetings. 


 On June 13, 2016, Denver City Council adopted Council Bill CB16-0262, creating the short-term rental ordinance. This ordinance went into effect on January 1, 2017.


On March 31, 2020, Denver City Council adopted Council Bill CB20-0240, modernizing the Primary Residence requirement and increasing licensing fees. This ordinance went into effect upon signature of the Mayor on April 1, 2020.

On November 23, 2020, Denver City Council adopted Council Bill CB20-1229, prohibiting booking service providers from processing transactions for accommodations at properties not properly licensed as short-term rentals and imposing fines for infractions. This ordinance will be effective February 1, 2021.


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Denver Planning Board

In 2016, the Denver Planning Board adopted an amendment to the Denver Zoning Code to include provisions related to short-term rentals.

Learn more about Denver Planning Board


Denver Department of Excise and Licenses

The Denver Department of Excise and Licenses protects the public’s health, safety and welfare by serving Denver through the regulation of businesses.

On January 25, 2019, the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses adopted the Rules Governing Short-Term Rental Licenses. The rules went into effect on April 10, 2019.


Short-Term Rental Advisory Committee

Denver is constantly assessing our laws and regulations to find the right balance between protecting our neighborhoods and housing supply and fostering innovation in this emerging industry.

Beginning in 2016, the Short-Term Rental Advisory Committee (STRAC) formed to provide guidance and recommendations to the Department on policies pertaining to the short-term rental licensing program. The STRAC continues to meet regularly to guide the City on STR policy development and provide feedback on implementation of the STR enforcement program.

For more information about the STRAC and to access meeting agendas, minutes, and presentations, please refer to our Short-Term Rental Advisory Committee (STRAC) page.