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SHORT-TERM RENTAL 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

Short-Term Rental Taxation Information

Short-Term Rental Zoning Provisions


SHORT-TERM RENTAL POLICY DEVELOPMENT

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.

 

Lean more about Denver City Council.

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

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.

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.


2020 SHORT-TERM RENTAL LEGISLATION

In 2019, the Denver STRAC discussed and offered several legislative recommendations to enhance the city’s short-term rental ordinance and keep pace with the evolution and growth of the industry, both in Denver and across the globe.

Key recommendations from the group included:

  • Pursuing changes to the ordinance in two phases, with the first phase focused on updating existing language, and the second phase focused on adding new requirements.
  • In the first phase, which was completed in the first quarter of 2020, the existing primary residence requirement for licensed hosts was strengthened to protect our largely compliant Denver host community from unfair competition, and to protect neighborhoods from mini-hotels and the negative effects of commercial encroachment.
  • In the second phase, recommended changes include the creation of new requirements for booking platforms,which are currently unregulated.

Read the UPDATED DRAFT bill to regulate booking platforms.

Learm more about the DRAFT bill.

To provide input on the draft bill or to contribute to other short-term rental policy discussions, citizens can attend the Denver Short-Term Rental Advisory Committee (STRAC meetings), which are on the second Tuesday of every other month. For more information about STRAC meetings, please refer to our STRAC webpage.

 

GETTING INVOLVED

Want to receive the latest news and updates about short-term rentals in Denver? Sign up for our short-term rental bulletin here.

 

Questions about short-term rentals? If you can't find the answer to your questions on our FAQ page, you can contact us at licenses@denvergov.org.

 

Having conflict with your neighbor or an illegal short-term rental? Please refer to our short-term rental complaint page for guidance and resources.

 

Want to weigh in on policy development? We welcome feedback from the public and encourage citizens to share their thoughts with us. Public comments may be delivered verbally during the public comment portion of each STRAC meeting or in writing by emailing licenses@denvergov.org. Please include the phrase “public comment” in the subject line.