Planning and Development Services offers online applications and processes for all services.
Owners are required to obtain a short-term rental license prior to advertising their property for rental. All advertisements must contain the maximum allowed unrelated occupancy as well as the rental housing license (RHL) number issued by the city. Short-term rentals may be rented for 29 days or fewer at a time.
The city's Boulder Revised Code and Property Maintenance Code require all rental properties in Boulder to maintain a valid rental license. The code establishes minimum standards for the use and safe occupancy of dwellings to protect, preserve and promote the physical and mental health of its residents.
Short-term rentals are properties that are rented for 29 days or less at a time.
A rental license fee is $190
Apply by mail
Mailed applications have a longer processing time due to restricted building access during COVID building closures.Planning and Development Services
For information regarding filing short-term rental accommodations tax visit the Boulder Online Tax System, or contact the Tax & Licensing Division at email@example.com.
Short-term rentals are owner-occupied properties and not required to have inspections. The owner self-certifies the home has smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and possibly other safety equipment.
Short-term rental licenses are issued for a four-year term. The license is no longer valid if the property is sold or if the Short-Term Rental Annual Affidavit to certify principal residency is not completed by the anniversary date.
Once a Short-Term Rental License is issued, a Short-Term Rental Annual Affidavit and fee must be submitted each year by your anniversary date to maintain your Short-Term Rental License. If the Annual Affidavit to certify principal residency is not completed, the license will be Revoked. This Annual Affidavit is not required on the expiration/renewal year for the license.
The renewal process is the same as the first-time application process. You will be required to submit an application and application fee of $190 to the City of Boulder.
When you submit your short-term rental license application, you should include payment for the business license ($25). City staff will review your application and issue a short-term rental license and business license to owners who meet all requirements.
All returns must be filed on forms generated through the Boulder Online Tax System. For more information regarding the quarterly accommodations tax or the annual sales and use tax please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, unless both the ADU and Short-Term Rental License were legally established prior to Jan. 3, 2019.
There is no limit on the number of days that a residence can be rented in a year given you meet the definition of a principal residence when renting the entire house. An accessory unit may only be rented for up to 120 days in a year (29 days or less at a time).
Short term rentals of principal dwelling units are as follows:
In P, A, RR, RE and RL zoning districts: a dwelling may be rented to up to three persons or members of a family* plus up to two additional persons. In circumstances where the operator(s) of the short term rental reside in the dwelling, the operator and his/her family members count as a single person - allowing up to two additional persons to occupy the short-term rental.
In MU, RM, RMX, RH, BT, BC, BMS, BR, DT, IS, IG, IM and IMS zoning districts: a dwelling may be rented to up to four persons or members of a family* plus up to two additional persons. In circumstances where the operator(s) of the short-term rental reside in the dwelling, the operator and his/her family members count as a single person- allowing up to three additional persons to occupy the short-term rental.
Your long-term standard rental license will be canceled when you apply for a new short term rental license. Follow the steps to apply for a short term rental license along with certification that the property is your principal residence. A new rental license fee is required when changing your license type.
Your Short-Term Rental License will be canceled when you apply for a new Standard Long-Term Rental Housing License. Follow the steps to apply for a long term standard rental license and the full fee will be required.
Short-term rentals, other than detached owner accessory units, are not required to comply with the city’s SmartRegs/energy efficiency requirements.
This is an illegal use of the property within Boulder city limits. Short term rentals are only allowed in owner occupied properties.
Owners may switch between a short-term and long-term rental license on the same property, if they meet the requirements, submit an application and pay the license fees. Only one type of license, short-term or long-term, may be issued at a time for the property.