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Short-term Rentals 

Often facilitated by peer-to-peer websites such as VRBO.com and AirBnB.com, short-term rentals are residential properties availabe for rent for a period ranging from 1-29 days.  Pursuant to the D.R.M.C. the City and County of Denver requires hosts to obtain a license in order to offer a short-term rental (STR).  To qualify you must meet the following:

  • You must be legal residents of the United States.
  • The property must be your Primary Residence.
  • Written permission must be obtained from Landlords, Owners, and HOAs.
  • Verify that your rental is insured. Many platforms offer insurance that fulfills this requirement.
  • Obtain your Lodger's Tax ID; Hosts are responsible for collecting the 10.75% Lodger's Tax.
  • The Business File Number (BFN) must be displayed on all online advertisements.
  • Adhere to the Zoning text amendment rules

  • For assistance, see our step-by-step guide or call 720.913.1311
  • The annual fee is $25.  All renewals must be submitted online by logging back into your account.

You must list your short-term rental Business File Number (BFN) on all advertisements and online platforms.

  • Your Business File Number is on the face of your license. The format is "2017-BFN-XXXXXXX"
  • Are you an Airbnb host? Learn how to post your business license number by visting the Denver help page.
  • A rental packet with applicable city rules and restrictions, as well as pertinent unit safety information, must be provided to guests upon each booking.  Check out our Rental Packet Template to get started!
  • Your STR must have an operable smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector and fire extinguisher.

 
Advisory Committee

The Short-Term Rental Advisory Committee meets regularly to provide guidance and recommendations to Excise and Licenses on administration, enforcement, and other Short-Term Rental licensing policies.

For STRAC meeting Agendas, Minutes, and updates:

Next Meeting:
Tuesday November 28th, from 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Wellington Webb Building
201 W Colfax Ave. Room 4.G.2 and 4.F.6
Denver, CO 80202

Contact Us

 Denver Excise & Licenses
      201 W. Colfax Ave. Dept. 206
      Denver, CO 80202

      Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday

      p. 720.913.1311 | f. 720.865.2882

Questions, comments, concerns?
Email us at: STR@Denvergov.org

 
 

Background

At the behest of a City Council committee led by Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman and in response to community interest, Denver’s departments of Excise & Licenses and Community Planning & Development proposed a new citywide licensing and enforcement system that allows short-term rentals while limiting unwanted effects on Denver’s residential neighborhoods.

The Short-Term Rental ordinance underwent a public review draft, multiple public presentations, and town hall meetings in January and February of 2016 (all of which are available on the STR Advisory Committee webpage). The process culminated with Denver City Council review and approval of the proposal in the spring of 2016.