Short-term rentals (STR) are residential properties available for rent for a period ranging from 1-29 days. The City and County of Denver requires hosts to obtain a license in order to offer a short-term rental (STR). To qualify a host must meet the following:
- Must be a legal resident of the United States.
- The property must be the host’s Primary Residence.
- If the host is a tenant that wishes to rent out their apartment, house, etc. written permission must be obtained from Landlords or Owners.
- Verify that the rental is insured. Many platforms offer insurance that fulfills this requirement.
- The STR must have an operable smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector and fire extinguisher.
- Obtain a Lodger’s Tax ID; Hosts are responsible for collecting the 10.75% Lodger’s Tax.
- Obtain a Business License and post the Business File Number (BFN) in all online listings.
- Adhere to Zoning Code Requirements.
If you are looking to rent a 2nd property or commercial-zoned unit you must apply for a Lodging Facility License.
If you are going to rent a place for 30 days or more, it is not considered a “Short Term Rental” so you do not need an STR license.
There is more information, step-by-step processes and forms located here: www.denvergov.org/str.
If you have concerns about a STR near you, illegal or otherwise, see our Resources page for info on how to report a concern/complaint about an STR.