Short-Term Vacation Rentals
All short term vacation rental properties shall receive an STR license prior to advertising or operation.
STR Overlay Zones and License Types
Summit County has adopted STR Overlay Zones to acknowledge the distinction between neighborhoods and resort communities. If your property is located in the STR Resort Overlay Zone (which includes, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Tiger Run Resort, and unincorporated areas at the base of Peak 8 in Breckenridge), you will apply for a Resort License. Resort Licenses have greater occupancy, allowances, and no restrictions on the number of nights rented.
If your property is not located in the Resort Overlay Zone then it is in the STR Neighborhood Overlay Zone. If your property is located in the STR Neighborhood Overlay Zone, you will need to apply for either a Type I, Type II, or Type III License. The vast majority of Neighborhood Zone Licenses will be Type II.
Resort Overlay Zone
This is the only license type available in the Resort Overlay Zone:
- No limit on nights short-term rented
- Occupancy is determined by the greater of either 2 people per bedroom plus 4, or 1 person per 200 square feet of living area. (Please see exceptions for properties on septic systems and condominiums containing egress components less than 44 inches wide and without a sprinkler system, as stated in Section 6.1.f of the STR Ordinance.
Neighborhood Overlay Zone
Occupancy in the Neighborhood Overlay Zone is limited to a maximum of 2 people per bedroom plus 2. (Please see exceptions for properties on septic systems, as stated in Section 6.1.f.iii in the STR Ordinance)
Type I License:
This license may only be obtained by a property owner who lives at their property as their primary residence. For information on primary residence requirements, see Section 5.2.j of the STR Ordinance.
- When the property owner is present and offering a bedroom for rent, there will be no limit on the number of nights that the bedroom may be rented annually.
- When the property owner is out of town and wishes to rent the entire home, a maximum of 60 nights per year will be permitted.
Type II License:
- Property owners with this license can short-term rent no more than 135 nights per year.
- The remainder of the year, the property owner may use the residence in any manner which is compliant with all other codes and regulations. For information on long term renting, please visit the Summit Combined Housing Authority and Lease to Locals websites.
Type III License:
- An application for a Type III license will only be accepted once a property owner has received approval for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) from the Planning Department. Conditional Use Permits are discussed in Section 3821.05 of the STR Regulations and Section 12300 of the Land Use and Development Code.
- A CUP and Type III license would allow property owners to rent more than 135 nights per year. In addition, lots in excess of 40,000 sq. ft. may request greater occupancy which will be reviewed in the CUP process.
- The minimum standards to request a CUP review are differentiated by building type as described below:
- Single Family-- Must meet one of the two requirements:
- 100 ft. separation between all indoor and outdoor occupied spaces on the STR property and all neighboring properties, including but not limited to: residences, attached garages, patios, hot tubs, fire pits, and decks OR
- An approved accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on the property that is occupied by a local resident employed in Summit County for a minimum of 30 hours per week
- Multi-Family--Must meet all 3 of the following requirements:
- Direct shuttle to ski area or transit stop within 100 ft. of property.
- Recreational shared amenities, at least 3 of the following: pool, hot tub, sauna, tennis/pickle ball court, game room, or other substantial amenity as approved by the Review Authority
- A minimum of 100 units in the HOA
- Single Family-- Must meet one of the two requirements:
Submittal Requirements and Review Process for Type III Licenses:
A pre-submittal meeting is required for all CUP applications. Once you have all required documents, please call the Planning Department at 970-668-4200 to set up an appointment.
- Submittal requirements for short term rental conditional use permits in the neighborhood overlay zone (pdf )
- Single Family
- Class 2 CUP if the lot is in excess of 40,000 square feet
- Class 4 CUP if the lot is less than 40,000 square feet
- Class 4 CUP if the applicant is requesting occupancy greater than 2 people per bedroom plus 2 (only permitted on lots in excess of 40,000 square feet)
- Conditional Use Permits are discussed in Section 3821.05 of the STR Regulations and Section 12300 of the Land Use and Development Code
- Class 4 CUP, but can be reduced to a Class 2 review if applicant can provide a letter on behalf of the HOA verifying the amenities and stating that rental of the property in excess of 135 nights per year is compatible with the neighborhood and does not have significant adverse impacts on the neighborhood.
Compliance Timeline for Existing STR License Holders
If you have an existing active STR license as of 12/16/2021 in the Resort Overlay Zone, during renewal in September 2022 your current license will be converted to a Resort Type License. The regulations in the Resort Zone will remain unchanged.
If you are in the Neighborhood Overlay Zone and you have an active STR license or applied for a license before the new regulations were adopted on December 16, 2021 you will have until September 2025 to convert your current license to one of the new license types. However, you may elect to convert during any renewal period prior to 2025.
STR MORATORIUM INFORMATION-Expired on 12/17/21
On September 14, 2021, the Summit County Board of County Commissioners approved a temporary and targeted moratorium on the issuance of new STR licenses in the unincorporated areas of Summit County beginning September 18, 2021 and lasting 90 days. This moratorium will expire on December 17, 2021.
Please note this does not affect licenses that are already active, submitted, under review, or those going through the conversion process. The purpose of this moratorium is to take time to update the STR Ordinance and Regulations.
- Unincorporated properties are outside of the town boundaries. If you are unsure of where your property is located, please visit our Parcel Query Tool.
- The resort areas of Keystone and Copper Mountain and portions of the Peak 8 Breckenridge ski area are exempt from this moratorium.
Due to the large number of calls and emails, please be patient with our staff and check back here for more information.
STR Town Halls
Summit County Commissioners and County Staff held two Town Halls (10/7/21 & 10/14/21) to discuss the new Lease to Locals program and potential short-term rental code amendments including creation of overlay districts, creation of license types with distinct standards, and regulations to address intense STR use within Neighborhood overlays. View the presented details and learn more about this.
STR Community Survey
View the STR Community Survey results here.
View the presentation on the survey results and breakdown by property owner and neighbor here.
Summit County regulates short-term vacation rentals (STRs) to address neighborhood impacts and life safety issues. Summit County's regulations for STRs are applicable to properties within the unincorporated areas of Summit County.
If you own property within unincorporated Summit County (outside the boundary of an incorporated town) and are interested in renting it out for periods of less than 30 consecutive days, you must obtain a short-term vacation rental (STR) license and remit all applicable taxes.
If you own an STR property, you are required to obtain an STR license.
STR owners must remit all applicable taxes.
To report non-emergency issues concerning an STR property, contact the STR Helper Hotline online or by phone.
STRs in unincorporated Summit County are subject to our short-term rental regulations.
Summit County is reviewing current short-term rental regulations to determine if updates are needed.