Short-Term Rental Regulations in Denver, CO 2018-05-24T07:03:38+00:00

Short-Term Rental Regulations in Denver, CO

Short-Term Rental Regulations in Denver, CO

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Denver , officially the City and County of Denver, is the capital and most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Colorado. Denver is in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains just east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The Denver downtown district is immediately east of the confluence of Cherry Creek with the South Platte River, approximately 12 mi (19 km) east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Denver is nicknamed the Mile High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile (5280 feet or 1609.3 meters) above sea level, making it the highest major city in the United States.

Short-term Rental License Overview

Short-Term Rental Regulations in Denver, CO – Often facilitated by peer-to-peer websites such as VRBO.com and AirBnB.com, short-term rentals are residential properties available for rent for a period ranging from 1-29 days. Pursuant to the D.R.M.C. the City and County of Denver requires hosts to obtain a license in order to offer a short-term rental (STR). To qualify you must meet the following:

  • You must be legal residents of the United States.
  • The property must be your Primary Residence.
  • Written permission must be obtained from Landlords or Owners.
  • Verify that your rental is insured. Many platforms offer insurance that fulfills this requirement.
  • Your STR must have an operable smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector and fire extinguisher.
  • Obtain your Lodger’s Tax ID; Hosts are responsible for collecting the 10.75% Lodger’s Tax.
  • Obtain your Business License and post the Business File Number (BFN) in all online listings.
  • Adhere to Zoning Code Requirements.

Looking to rent a 2nd property or commercial-zoned unit?  Apply for a Lodging Facility License.

Step 1: Get Your Lodger’s Tax ID

  • NOTE – Beginning April 1, 2018, Airbnb will be collecting Denver Lodger’s tax on sales of short term lodging.
  • The Lodger’s Tax ID License fee is $50 every 2 years
  • For assistance with Step 1 see our Lodger’s Tax Application Guide or contact the Treasury Department at 720-913-1311
  • Read our detailed STR Taxation Information Sheet to learn about filing taxes

Step 2: Apply for or Renew Your Business License

  • The STR Business License annual fee is $25.
  • For assistance with Step 2 see our Business License Application Guide or contact Excise and Licenses at 720-913-1311
  • All renewals must be submitted online by logging back into your account.
  • If you are no longer operating please submit an Affidavit of Surrender

Step 3:  Post your Business File Number (BFN) Online

You must list your short-term rental Business File Number, or BFN, on all advertisements and online platforms.

  • Your BFN is on the face of your Business License (from Step 2) which will be emailed to you.
  • Are you an Airbnb host? Learn how to post your business license number by visting the Denver help page.
  • A rental packet with applicable city rules and restrictions, as well as pertinent unit safety information, must be provided to guests upon each booking.
Link to the  Denver City Business Licencing Center
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Short-Term Rental Regulations in Denver, CO

Posted By Noah Goldfeder

Marketing Team
Posted: Friday April 20th 2018

Short-Term Rental Regulations in Denver, CO

Posted By Noah Goldfeder

Marketing Team
Posted: Friday April 20th 2018

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