Short Term Rental Regulations and Permitting

Did you know all short-term rental owners are required to obtain an Operating Permit for their rental with Clear Creek County? A short-term rental is any residential property or part of a property rented for 30 days or less. This includes single family dwellings, duplexes, multi-family dwellings, townhomes, condominiums, time share, or similar dwellings listed for rent either provided by the owner, property manager or on the various hosting sites available including VRBO, Airbnb, Craigslist, Homeaway, Flipkey, etc.  The rentals included can be on a periodic basis or continuously for the property. Short-term rentals can also include renting out only a portion of the property such as a bedroom.

These requirements are intended to assure that short term rentals meet minimum health and safety guidelines and minimize impacts to residential neighbor. If you intend to use a property as a short term rental, you must obtain a permit. The Short Term Rental Regulations (PDF) includes the requirement to obtain an annual permit and have a one time inspection performed by the County Building Official. 

A permit is required for each short term rental. You can now obtain your permit or renew online at the permitting website.  The cost of the Short Term Rental Permit is $250.00 annually.

IF YOU RECENTLY RECEIVED A NOTICE IN THE MAIL REGARDING YOUR SHORT TERM RENTAL AND NEED ASSISTANCE, PLEASE EMAIL SUPPORT.

As part of your Short Term Rental Application, you are required to obtain a Life Safety Inspection from the Department of Building Safety. The inspection will be requiring that you meet minimum safety codes such as but not limited to the following: Smoke Detectors located in every bedroom and hallway leading to bedrooms and if no bedroom is located on a story, then one in that area, Carbon Monoxide detectors within 15' of any bedroom, all guardrails and handrails will be checked, we will look at condition of decks, egress windows and/or doors and one fire extinguisher etc. An Inspection fee of $100.00 will be charged per inspection.

In addition to permitting, short-term rental owners are also required to collect Lodging and Sales Taxes from their guests and remit payment to the Colorado Department of Revenue. Tax Information for Short Term Rentals

If an unsuitable or undocumented On-Site Waste Water System is being used, additional steps and potentially fees will be required to come into compliance with Environmental Health.

If an unsuitable or undocumented Water Supply is being used, additional steps may be required to come into compliance with Colorado Division of Water Resources. Auxiliary Living Spaces can not be rented per Guideline 2016-1.

If you discover that your neighbors are using their house as a vacation rental in violation of the zoning ordinance, one option is to file a complaint with your local code enforcement department. The department will investigate the use of the property.

IF YOU RECENTLY RECEIVED A NOTICE IN THE MAIL REGARDING YOUR SHORT TERM RENTAL AND NEED ASSISTANCE, PLEASE EMAIL SUPPORT.

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