Short Term Rentals

Short-term Rental (STR) Regulations

What are Short-Term Rentals?

A short-term rental (STR) is defined as the use or occupancy of a residential property or dwelling unit, in whole or in part, by the public for a fee, primarily for tourist accommodations, and for a period of less than 30 days. Unincorporated Pitkin County recognizes that there are benefits to allowing owners of residential units to rent their properties for periods of less than 30 days. STRs supplement Pitkin County's lodging bed base, diversify lodging options, and provide economic benefits to property owners and the community.

On June 22, 2023, the Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) adopted an STR licensing program which goes into effect September 20. At this time, any STR in unincorporated Pitkin County will be required to have a valid license. County Community Development staff are accepting applications for STR licenses and encourage all interested parties to apply at least 14 days in advance in order to ensure sufficient time for processing. Read more in our press release.

Property owners wishing to rent their residential property or dwelling unit for periods of fewer than 30 days at a time must obtain an SRT license. These regulations do not apply or pertain to hotels, motels, lodges, resort cabins, guest ranches, country inns, or bed and breakfast establishments as these uses are defined in the Pitkin County Land Use Code.

Short-term Rental License Portal

Licensing Application Process: The public can apply for short-term rentals here: SagesGov - STR License Software

STR Regulations: The ordinance  BOCC.Ord.028.2022 and the code amendments, language related to STR licensing requirements, procedures, standards, occupancy and operational standards, enforcement, fees, and appeals that are included in the adopted language include:                                                  

  • 4-night minimum/120-night maximum                                          
  • History of short-term rental activity for the property demonstrating its use for short-term rental between the period of May 11, 2017 and May 11, 2022. 

Fees: On July 5, 2022, the BOCC adopted a tiered fee structure that will be instituted for STR licenses.   

  • Seasonal (61-120 Nights) Fee Amount = Assessor Home Market Value X .07%
  • Limited Seasonal (21 - 60 Nights) Fee Amount = Assessor Home Market Value X .06%
  • Otherwise Limited (20 Nights or Less) Fee Amount = Assessor Home Market Value X .05%