Short Term Rental Regulations and Permitting

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On December 7, 2021, the County Commissioners approved revisions to the short term rental regulations.  these revisions include; 1) placing a cap of 4.5% of the total number of residential units in unincorporated Clear Creek County for short term rentals, b) exempt primary-resident short term rentals from the 4.5% cap, c) eliminate the 8-person limit on STRs on lots under 2-acres, d) clarified garbage storage requirements, e) revised the maximum occupancy of STRs that are on a central sewage system, and f) other miscellaneous revisions to increase permit review efficiencies.

DEADLINE FOR PERMIT RENEWALS, Jan. 1, 2022: If you had a valid Permit for 2021, you should have received a notice in December reminding you to renew your Permit for the 2022 season.  The deadline to renew was Jan. 1, 2022.  If you have not yet renewed your Permit and wish to renew for 2022, please do so ASAP or you risk loosing your Permit to a new applicant.

WHAT IS A STR?  A short-term rental is the nightly or weekly rentals of residential units, or parts of residential units including, but not limited to; single family dwellings, duplexes, multi-family dwellings, townhomes, condominiums, mobile homes, or similar dwellings listed for rent, oftentimes on various hosting sites including VRBO, Airbnb, Craigslist, Homeaway, Flipkey, etc.  Temporary structures or camping structures like yurts, tents, tent type structures or RVs cannot be used as short term rentals.

4.5% Cap:  No more than 4.5% of the total number of residences in unincorporated Clear Creek County, in any given year, may receive a STR Permit.  With a total count of 3576 residential units, this means 160 Permits are available for issuance for the 2022 year.

If you are applying for a STR Permit within your primary residence, you are exempt from this cap.  If you are applying for a Permit for your primary residence, you must submit evidence of primary residency with two forms; 1) a driver's license OR Colorado state identification card, and 2) voter registration, motor vehicle registration or designated residence for tax purposes (found on your federal tax return).

Please read The Short Term Rental Regulations (PDF) here.  These Regulations are intended to assure that short term rentals meet minimum health and safety guidelines, and minimize impacts to residential neighbors.

Permit Fees:  $250 for an annual permit.  A new permit must be obtained each calendar year.  A Permit is only good for the calendar year it is issued.  A permit is required for each separate STR unit that is advertised.

Apply for, or renew your Short Term Rental Permit on the STR PERMITTING WEBSITE here.


Building Safety:  As part of your Short Term Rental Application, you are required to certify that certain Building Safety elements are in place.  See the list HERE.  The Chief Building Official may require an inspection to verify these safety items.  If one is required, an Inspection fee of $100.00 will be charged per inspection.

Sales and Lodging Tax Collection: Short-term rental owners are required to collect Lodging and Sales Tax from their guests and remit payment to the Colorado Department of Revenue. See Tax Information for Short Term Rentals

Evidence of Legal Water Supply and Sewage Treatment Required: Evidence of a legal water supply and sewage disposal method is required as part of your permit application.  If the residence uses a well and/or septic system, evidence may come in the form of the current well permit and onsite wastewater treatment system (OWTS) Permit for the property.  If an unsuitable or undocumented OWTS is being used, additional upgrading or replacement of the OWTS may be required to bring it into compliance with environmental health codes.

If an unsuitable or undocumented water supply is being used, additional steps may be required to come into compliance with the requirements of the Colorado Division of Water Resources.  Auxiliary Living Spaces (accessory dwelling units) cannot be rented per Guideline 2016-1.

Complaints and Enforcement: If you feel that a residence is being used as a short term rental in violation of these Regulations, you may file a complaint here with Code Enforcement and we will investigate the use of the property.

For additional information concerning the regulations:
The Clear Creek County Planning Department 
Phone: (303) 679-2430
Email the Planning Department