New Summit County Short Term Rental Rules

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On Monday, the County finalized its new Short Term Rental Regulations. Most, but not all, property owners will be able to get a license under the new system.

Be sure to read through all of the license types and zoning to understand the policies and how you can qualify for permits.  If you have questions on a specific property under the County Jurisdiction, please contact Jessica Potter, Senior Planner. or 970-668-2968

Resort License: No limit on nights short-term rented. A very limited area. If your property is not located in the Resort Overlay Zone then it is in the STR Neighborhood Overlay Zone.  Resort 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.

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: 1) Direct shuttle to ski area or transit stop within 100 ft. of property. 2) 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. 3) A minimum of 100 units in the HOA