Short-Term Rental License Application

Summit County regulates short-term vacation rentals to address neighborhood impacts and life safety issues. Summit County's regulations for short term vacation rentals (pdf) 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 for periods of less than 30 consecutive days, you are required to obtain a short-term vacation rental (STR) license.

Summit County first adopted STR regulations in December 2018 which were updated in December 2021.  The online permit system became operational in March 2019.  All STR licenses issued in 2022 will be valid through September 30, 2023, with annual renewal required by September 30 of each year.  Renewal reminders will be emailed to all license holders at least 30 days prior to expiration.

A current list of all active STR licenses in unincorporated Summit County is available and updated every week in pdf format.  To search for an address, use Ctrl F to activate the search function.  

Apply for a Short-Term Rental License

Applications will be denied if they contain unverified bedrooms or incorrect information.  Please confirm the number of official bedrooms in your unit with the Summit County Assessor prior to application and ensure all information, including unit number, is correct.

Please read through all regulations and requirements before applying.  Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Please verify you have the following information and documents:

  • If your property is on a septic system, you will need an OWTS pumper report from within the last 3 years.  If you need help locating your pumper report, either use the County's eTRAKiT tool or contact Environmental Health at 970-668-4070.
  • Schedule number for the property and correct bedroom count.  Both can be found by visiting the Property Search and Mapping Tool on our website.  First, select a search option in the upper right corner of the site that works best for you.  Once you locate your property, click on the Show Detailed Data button.  Your schedule number will appear on the top of the new page and your bedroom count will appear towards the bottom of the screen.
  • Sales tax license number and certificate with Summit County listed as the jurisdiction.  If you are using Airbnb, VRBO, or other Expedia Group websites, please visit the Tax Information page on our website.  If you have questions regarding sales tax, please contact the Finance Department at 970-453-3439.
  • Credit card for payment at the end of the application process.

To apply, update, or renew a Summit County Short-Term Rental License, make sure you’re using Chrome or FireFox.

Apply for your STR license here: Summit County Short-Term Rental Registration Portal.  

You do NOT have an STR license until you receive an approval email from the Summit County Planning staff and/or Host Compliance with the approved details of your license.

Verify Your Property Location and Jurisdiction

The County STR regulations do not apply to properties located inside the boundaries of incorporated towns.

Before beginning the online Summit County STR license application, check the Property Search and Mapping Tool to verify whether your STR is located within town limits or within unincorporated Summit County. It is important to verify the jurisdiction in which your property is located, as each jurisdiction has its own STR regulations and applicable taxes.

If your property is located within town limits, you do not need an STR license from Summit County. You do need to apply for an STR license from the applicable town. If your property is located within unincorporated Summit County (outside town limits), complete the Summit County STR application. Please note that the following neighborhoods are located in unincorporated Summit County, not an incorporated town (this list is not comprehensive):

  • Buffalo Mountain
  • Copper Mountain
  • Dillon Valley
  • Heeney
  • Keystone
  • Mesa Cortina
  • Peak 7
  • Silver Shekel
  • Summit Cove
  • Wildernest
We also recommend you contact your Water and Sanitation Department to see what your new rates will be when you begin short term renting.

License Fees

  • Resort Overlay Zone - Resort License:  $265/year
  • Neighborhood Overlay Zone - Type I:  $215/year
  • Neighborhood Overlay Zone - Type II:  $320/year
  • Neighborhood Overlay Zone - Type III:  $105/year (Does not include CUP fees)
    • Class 2 CUP fee: $1,650
    • Class 4 CUP fee: $4,925
  • Pre-existing license renewal:  $535

Renewals for STR licenses occur in September of each year.  Renewal fees are the full price of the license.

All STR license application fees are analyzed annually during review and adoption of the Summit County Planning Department Development Review Fee Schedule in March of each year, and will be adjusted annually as needed based on the volume of STR licenses and associated administrative costs.

After Applying For Your STR License

Once we review your application, we’ll send an email to let you know whether it is approved. Please be aware that the review process does take time.  We appreciate your patience.  The approval email will contain your license number. We will not conduct fire and safety inspections during the application process. After licenses are issued, we will audit a random selection of properties that will be inspected.

  • Document posting: Print and post the following documents in a prominent location within your STR property:
    1. A sign that includes your Summit County STR License Number, street address and responsible agent contact information. Download a template that you can use to create your sign (pdf).
    2. Good Neighbor Guidelines (pdf): Fill in your unit’s occupancy limit in the "Maximum Capacity" section at the bottom of page 1.
    3. County-approved parking plan
    4. County-approved trash disposal and collection plan.
  • Advertising requirements: STR owners must include the license number, maximum occupancy and maximum parking on all advertising (print, online, etc.). The license number must be located after the property description.
  • License Transferability: A short-term rental license is uniquely tied to an individual property and the owner. Therefore, upon sale of a property, the new owner must complete their own application for a short-term rental license.

Contact

  • Email us
  • Phone: 970-668-4186 
  • Office location: Summit County Planning Department, 0037 Peak One Drive, Frisco, CO 80443 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)