Good Neighbor Guidelines

The Good Neighbor Guidelines are a code of ethics for Summit County visitors staying in a short-term vacation rental unit. These guidelines help ensure that our community remains safe, enjoyable and beautiful for everyone who lives, works and plays in Summit County.

24-Hour Responsible Agent Contact Information: If at any time you have concerns about your stay, please call the 24-hour contact number listed in the rental lease agreement or posted in the property. In the event of an emergency, call 911. 

Wildfire Safety and Prevention: Wildfire is a serious risk here, and fire restrictions may be in place, depending on conditions and time of year. Even if fire restrictions are not in place, be vigilant: Only use approved and permitted outdoor devices, and ensure that a responsible adult is always present until a fire is out cold. 

Visitors must check to see whether fire restrictions are in effect before lighting a fire outdoors, smoking outdoors, or using outdoor grills, barbecues or stoves. Portable outdoor fireplaces are prohibited. Click here to find current fire restrictions and other wildfire prevention information.

Fire Pit Permits: To apply for a REQUIRED fire pit permit, please visit the Summit Fire and EMS website.

Sign up for Emergency Texts: Sign up at www.SCAlert.org. 

Respect for Wildlife: Summit County is blessed with a diversity of wildlife, including bears, elk, moose, mountain lions, marmots, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and beavers. It can be exciting to view Colorado's wildlife, but it is important to do so at a safe distance. Most dangerous and potentially harmful encounters with wildlife occur because people fail to leave animals alone. Wildlife should not be harassed, captured, domesticated or fed. Intentional or inadvertent feeding is the major cause of most wildlife problems. It is illegal in Colorado to intentionally place or distribute feed, salt blocks or other attractants for large animals.

Respect for Neighbors: Please be friendly and courteous and treat your neighbors as you would like to be treated. Respect your neighbors and their property. The property owner or responsible agent shall inform all renters of property boundaries and limitations.

Noise and Outdoor Lighting: Be considerate of the neighborhood and your neighbors’ right to the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of their home and property, especially after 9 p.m. The Summit County Sherriff ’s Office may be contacted if Summit County's noise ordinance is not followed. A properly installed noise meter on the property is recommended to reduce potential issues. Do not direct outdoor lighting toward neighbors' homes, and do not leave outdoor lights on when you check out.

Maintenance of Property: Be sure to keep the property clean, presentable and free of trash and debris.

Trash and Recycling: Place all trash and recycling in the designated containers stored indoors, in order to prevent issues for wildlife or snow removal operators. Your Responsible Agent must provide a County-approved trash disposal and collection plan. Please see the attached fact sheet for guidelines on accepted materials for recycling. If your rental does not provide recycling bins, visit http://www.HighCountryConservation.org  to find the locations of Summit County’s free recycling drop-off centers in Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon and Silverthorne. Cigarette butts should be properly extinguished and disposed of in a trash receptacle.

Parking & Traffic Safety: All vehicles must park in the designated parking spaces provided. Do not park on roadways, lawns or in a manner that blocks driveways, sidewalks, alleys or mailboxes. Observe posted speed limits and watch for children and pedestrians. A copy of the County-approved parking plan must be provided to all renters in the rental agreement and posted in a prominent location within the property.

Maximum Capacity: This short-term rental unit has a maximum capacity of     overnight guests, and this limit cannot be exceeded for any reason.

Driving Conditions: The combination of extreme weather conditions and steep grades can create treacherous driving conditions in Colorado's mountains. Summit County roads are only plowed once per day and can become impassable. It is highly recommended that your vehicle be equipped with the following, September through May: 4WD or AWD, snow tires or mud/snow tires (M+S) with minimum 3/ 16 inch tread, functioning defrosts (front and back), sturdy ice scraper and snow brush, windshield fluid rated for 0 degrees F or colder, shovel, gloves, boots and other winter clothing.

In winter conditions, give plow trucks extra space, do not pass plow trucks, drive slowly, increase your following distance from other vehicles, avoid stopping on an uphill slope, use the left lane only for passing, and never use cruise control. If weather conditions require, CDOT will implement a Traction Law on state highways (e.g., I-70, U.S. Hwy. 6, and Colo.Hwy. 9). Under a Traction Law, motorists will need to have either snow tires, M+S tires, or a four-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicle. All tires must have a minimum 3/16 inch tread. Motorists driving with inadequate equipment could be fined more than $130. If a motorist blocks the roadway because they have inadequate equipment during a Traction Law, they could be fined more than $650. From September 1 – May 31, a Traction Law is always in effect on I-70 from Morrison to Dotsero. For more information visit codot.gov/travel/winter- driving/traction law .

Transportation: Due to parking restrictions, adverse driving conditions, and efforts to cut traffic and emissions in both Summit County and on the I-70 Mountain Corridor, we encourage you to consider transportation modes other than your personal car or a rental car. Vehicles in Summit County produce nearly 280,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent annually; please help our effort to curb these harmful emissions. Transportation options both to and around Summit County are plentiful. Visit goi70.com to learn more about driving in Colorado’s mountains.

Transit to Trails: Especially on weekends, certain Summit County trailheads are reaching capacity and experiencing overcrowding issues.  During these peak times, you might not be able to find a parking spot and will be turned away as a result.  Therefore, it is recommended to take the free Summit Stage bus and participate in the Transit to Trails program.  Many short-term vacation rental units are located near a Summit Stage bus route, and the bus conveniently stops at numerous trailheads throughout the County.  Please visit the Transit to Trails website for schedules and routes.

Pets: If pets are allowed in your rental unit, you must promptly clean-up after pets, prevent excessive and prolonged barking, and keep pets from roaming the neighborhood or harassing wildlife. Control aggressive pets and be sure to abide by the local leash laws. Dogs must be on leashes when on the Summit County Recreational Pathway System. Store pet food indoors in a secure container to reduce the likelihood of attracting wildlife and pests.

Tenant/Guest Responsibility: Approved guests and visitors are expected to follow the Good Neighbor Guidelines. Be sure to read your rental agreement for additional terms and restrictions, which may include consequences for failures to abide by the Good Neighbor Guidelines.

Click here to download a PDF of this page and place in your unit or give to guests.

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