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Apply for or Renew a Rental Housing License

Apply for or Renew a Rental Housing License

RHL Home | Standard Long-Term | Short-Term | Occupancy | Rental Inspections


Standard Long-Term License

Standard Long-Term rentals are rentals of 30 days or more at a time. To apply for or renew a rental housing license, submit a completed Rental Housing License Application and fees payable to City of Boulder. All rental licensing forms can be found within the Applications & Forms Database

Licensing Fees

Fees payable to City of Boulder. 

  • $105 Application Fee - Required for all applications per single dwelling unit or per building for multi-unit buildings. 
  • $50 SmartRegs 2017 Fee -  Assessed if property was not SmartRegs compliant by 3/31/17 and the property had an active license. 
  • $100 SmartRegs 2018 Fee -  Assessed if property was not SmartRegs compliant by 12/31/17 and the property had an active license. 

Submit Your Application Packet

Mailing address:

Planning and Development Services
c/o Rental Licensing Program
P. O. Box 791
Boulder, CO 80306

Standard Long-Term Rental Housing License FAQs

  • Where is the Rental Housing Licensing Office?

The office is in the Planning and Development Services Center, 1739 Broadway, third floor. The center's hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The office is closed on holidays.

  • Are there circumstances when a rental license is not required?

If you think your property meets the below circumstances, please fill out a Rental Licensing Exemption Affidavit pdf.

Rental licenses are not required under any one of the following circumstances, provided that the exemptions in subsections below shall not apply to short-term rentals:

1)            a dwelling unit occupied by the owner (or members of the owner's family) who rents to no more than two people unrelated to the owner's family; OR
2)            a commercial hotel and motel that offers lodging accommodations primarily for less than 30 days at a time. Bed and breakfast facilities are not excluded from rental license requirements; OR
3)            common areas and elements of buildings containing attached, but individually owned, dwelling units; OR
4)            a dwelling unit that meets all of the following conditions: the dwelling unit is the owner's principal residence; the dwelling unit is temporarily rented for no longer than 12 consecutive months in any 24-month period; the dwelling unit was occupied by the owner immediately prior to its rental; the owner is temporarily living outside of Boulder County; and the owner intends to reoccupy the dwelling unit upon termination of the temporary rental period.
  • What are the occupancy requirements of my rental property?

Permitted occupancy of a property is ultimately determined by zoning and can be verified with the city. The maximum penalty for over-occupancy is $2,000 per day plus 90 days in jail. 

  • Who do I call to find out if a property has a valid rental license?

Call the Rental Housing Licensing Office at 303-441-3152 or use the Licensed Rental Property Search to view addresses that have a current rental license.

  • If rented, are accessory dwelling units (ADUs) required to be licensed?

Yes. Rental licenses are required an, in addition to inspection for licensing, city staff may inspect the ADU for other approval criteria. 

  • Does an owner need a property agent?

Only property owners who do not reside in Boulder County are required to have a local agent. The local agent is designated by the owner and provides a contact person for the property.

  • Can my tenant be the local agent?

Yes, however, please consider that tenants frequently change.

  • How do I make changes to my address, phone or agent information?

Fill out the Rental Licensing Change of Information or Agent form pdf and send it in with your changes.

  • Are there circumstances under which code violations could impact the term of an existing rental license?

Yes. The Reduced Term Rental License code allows the term of a rental license to be reduced to 12 months when there is a violation of the land use regulations involving either the limitations on the number of occupants or the number of dwelling units. The term of a rental license may be reduced to 24 months for violations of the Housing Code.

  • How does the SmartRegs ordinance effect the rental housing program?

The SmartRegs ordinances require all rental housing to meet a basic energy efficiency requirement by 2019.