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's STR regulations were adopted in December 2018. The online permit system became operational in March 2019. All STR licenses issued in 2021 will be valid through September 30, 2022, with annual renewal required by September 30 of each year.
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.
Before applying, 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, 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 and go straight to the Summit County Short-Term Rental Registration Portal.
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
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STR License Application Types
Summit County has multiple STR license types, depending on your unit type(s) and needs.
- Short-Term Vacation Rental License: This is the standard application, which should be used if you are applying for five (5) or fewer STR permits.
- Master Bulk STR License Application: This is a bulk permitting option that is available for applications of six (6) or more STR licenses submitted by the same managing entity for units within a building or complex that utilize common parking, trash, utilities and contact information. All units included in a bulk permit application must have the same Responsible Agent assigned for all units. The Master Bulk License Application should be used for the first unit included in the bulk application. The Bulk STR License Application for Additional Units should then be used for all subsequent units included in the bulk application.
- Bulk STR License Application for Additional Units: Applicable to 6 or more simultaneous STR permit applications, for units in the same complex, with the same Responsible Agent assigned to all units. Use the Master Bulk STR License Application for the first unit in the bulk application, and the Bulk STR License Application for Additional Units for all subsequent units.
- Short-Term Vacation Rental Conditional Use Permit (CUP): Applicable to any STR proposing a maximum occupancy of 20 or more people, or proposing to deviate from the occupancy, parking or other site standards in the Summit County STR Regulations. Learn more about STR CUPs.
- Short-Term Vacation Rental Responsible Agent Change Request: Applicable to applicants who have already submitted a application and need to change the designated Responsible Agent.
- New STR license application fee: $150
- Administrative CUP application fee: $350 (Note: The $350 Administrative CUP fee is the full fee charged for an administrative CUP; these applications are not charged both the STR permit fee and the administrative CUP fee.)
- Annual renewal fee (for either STR license or CUP): $75
- Expired license renewed within 60 days of expiration: $82.50 (includes 10% penalty fee)
- Responsible Agent Change Request Form: $50
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 permits 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:
- 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).
- Good Neighbor Guidelines (pdf): Fill in your unit’s occupancy limit in the "Maximum Capacity" section at the bottom of page 1.
- County-approved parking plan
- 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.