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Short-Term Rental Regulations & Licensing in Denver

The City and County of Denver requires hosts to obtain a license in order to offer a short-term rental (STR) in their primary residence for fewer than 30 days.

Before You Begin

  • You must be a legal resident of the United States.
  • The property must be your primary residence.
  • If you do not own the property, you must obtain written permission from the landlord or owner.
  • Verify that short-term rentals are allowed in your HOA, if applicable.
  • Check with your insurance carrier to ensure that your rental is covered. Many platforms, such as AirBnb, offer insurance that fulfills this requirement.

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  • You must be a legal resident of the United States.
  • The property must be your primary residence.
  • If you do not own the property, you must obtain written documentation from the landlord or property owner allowing you to operate a short-term rental.
  • If your property is part of a homeowners association, please verify that short-term rentals are allowed in your HOA.
  • Check with your insurance carrier to ensure that your short-term rental is covered.  Many platforms, such as AirBnb, offer insurance that fulfills this requirement.

For assistance in completing your STR Business License Application, please see our step-by-step guide or call 3-1-1

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You must list your short-term rental business license number on any and all advertisements, including on Airbnb, VRBO and any other online listings.

  • Your business license number is the same as the “Business File Number” on the face of your license. The format is typically “2016-BFN-XXXXXXX
  • Are you an Airbnb host? Learn how to post your business license number by visting the Denver help page on Airbnb.

Now That Your Short-Term Rental is Licensed...

  • You must provide a rental packet with applicable city rules and restrictions, as well as pertinent unit safety information to guests upon each booking.  Check out our Rental Packet Template to get started!
  • You must maintain general liability insurance to protect against property damage / bodily injury.
  • Your STR must have an operable smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector and fire extinguisher in the unit at all times.

a.    Application and renewal fee for a STR license will be $25 annually.

b.    Fines for advertising without a STR license number will be subject to the
       existing General Violation process (up to $999 per incident).

c.    Fines for operating without a STR license will be subject to the existing
       General Violation process (up to $999 per incident). 

Our payment portal for Administrative Citation fines and appeal fees is currently down.  Please pay by mailing in a check, or coming in-person to the Cashier's Office on the 2nd floor of the Webb Building at 201 W Colfax Ave.  Checks can be made payable to the Manager of Finance.

If you believe you received a fine in error you may submit an Appeal Request Form to EXLRecordsManagement@denvergov.org.  Appeal requests will not be processed until the appeal request fee of $100 is received.  

a.    Enforcement consists of routine compliance monitoring (tracking
       unlicensed advertisements) combined with complaint-based
       investigations through Excise and Licenses inspectors.

b.    The Director of Excise and Licenses may enter a summary suspension
       order for the immediate suspension of any STR license pending further
       investigation through a show-cause hearing which could lead to
       revocation of the STR license. 

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Issues with an Short-Term Rentals in your neighborhood?

      

Received an Administrative Citation? Fines can be paid by mailing in a  check or coming in-person to the Cashier's Office at the Webb Building, 201 W Colfax Ave.  Download an Appeal Request Form if you believe you received the Citation in error. 

 

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

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

      p. 720.865.2740 | f. 720.865.2882


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

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.

Agendas, Minutes, and updates can be found on the Short-Term Rental Advisory Committee webpage.

Next Meeting
Thursday April 27th, 2017 from 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Wellington Webb Building
201 W Colfax Ave - Room 4.G.2 and 4.F.6

 

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 licensing ordinance underwent a thorough public process that included a public review draft, and multiple public presentations and town hall meetings in January and February of 2016. The process culminated with Denver City Council review and approval of the proposal in the spring of 2016.

Read the ordinance
Review the related zoning text amendment