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Short-term Rental License Overview

Often facilitated by peer-to-peer websites such as and, short-term rentals are residential properties available 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 or Owners. Please make sure this document is filled out completely and uploaded with your online application if your landlord is allowing you to apply for a STR license.
  • Verify that your rental is insured. Many platforms offer insurance that fulfills this requirement.
  • Your STR must have an operable smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector and fire extinguisher.
  • Obtain your Lodger's Tax ID; Hosts are responsible for collecting the 10.75% Lodger's Tax.
  • Obtain your Business License and post the Business File Number (BFN) in all online listings.
  • Adhere to Zoning Code Requirements.

Looking to rent a 2nd property or commercial-zoned unit?  Apply for a Lodging Facility License.


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

  • Your BFN is on the face of your Business License (from Step 2) which will be emailed to you.
  • 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!

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:


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

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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.