Short-Term Rental Permit Application
Summit County regulates short-term vacation rentals to address neighborhood impacts and life safety issues. Summit County's regulations for short term vacation rentals (pdf) are applicable to properties within the unincorporated areas of Summit County.
If you own property within unincorporated Summit County (outside the boundary of an incorporated town) and are interested in renting it for periods of less than 30 consecutive days, you are required to obtain a short-term vacation rental (STR) permit.
Key Dates and Deadlines
- Summit County's STR regulations were adopted in December 2018.
- June 1, 2019 is the required deadline by which to submit an STR permit application.
- Effective June 30, 2019, any STR operating without a permit will be considered in violation of the Summit County Code.
- All STR permits issued in 2019 will be valid through Sept. 30, 2020, with annual renewal required by Sept. 30 of each year.
STR Permitting System Demos
Summit County staff will host four demonstration sessions to provide STR permit applicants with guidance and instructions on using the online STR permitting system. All STR owners and managers are invited. We will walk attendees through the online permit application and answer questions. Each of the four sessions will cover the same content.
Where: Summit County Community & Senior Center, 83 Nancy’s Place, Frisco
- 3:30-5 p.m., Thursday, April 11
- 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, April 11
- 9-10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 1
- 3:30-5 p.m., Friday, May 10
RSVP: To reserve a spot, please RSVP via email with the date and time of your preferred session and the number of attendees. Light refreshments will be provided.
Verify Your Property Location and Jurisdiction
The County STR regulations do not apply to properties located inside the boundaries of incorporated towns. At this time, there are no limitations on the number of STR units permitted within the unincorporated areas of Summit County.
Before beginning the online Summit County STR permit application, check the Property Search and Mapping Tool to verify whether your STR is located within town limits or within unincorporated Summit County. It is important to verify the jurisdiction in which your property is located, as each jurisdiction has its own STR regulations and applicable taxes.
If your property is located within town limits, you do not need an STR permit from Summit County. You do need to apply for an STR license from the applicable town:
- Breckenridge Short-Term Rentals
- Dillon Short-Term Rentals
- Silverthorne Short-Term Rentals
- Frisco Short-Term Rentals
- Blue River Short-Term Rentals
If your property is located within unincorporated Summit County (outside town limits), complete the Summit County STR application.
Determine the STR Permit Application Type that Applies to your STR Property
Summit County has multiple STR permit types, depending on your unit type(s) and needs.
- Short-Term Vacation Rental Permit: This is the standard application, which should be used if you are applying for five (5) or fewer STR permits.
- Master Bulk STR Permit Application: This is a bulk permitting option that is available for applications of six (6) or more STR permits submitted by the same managing entity for units within a building or complex that utilize common parking, trash, utilities and contact information. All units included in a bulk permit application must have the same Responsible Agent assigned for all units. The Master Bulk Permit Application should be used for the first unit included in the bulk application. The Bulk STR Permit Application for Additional Units should then be used for all subsequent units included in the bulk application.
- Bulk STR Permit Application for Additional Units: Applicable to 6 or more simultaneous STR permit applications, for units in the same complex, with the same Responsible Agent assigned to all units. Use the Master Bulk STR Permit Application for the first unit in the bulk application, and the Bulk STR Permit Application for Additional Units for all subsequent units.
- Short-Term Vacation Rental Conditional Use Permit (CUP): Applicable to any STR proposing a maximum occupancy of 20 or more people, or proposing to deviate from the occupancy, parking or other site standards in the Summit County STR Regulations. Learn more about STR CUPs.
- Short-Term Vacation Rental Permit Responsible Agent Change Request: Applicable to applicants who have already submitted a permit application and need to change the designated Responsible Agent.
- New STR permit application fee: $150
- Administrative CUP application fee: $350 (Note: The $350 Administrative CUP fee is the full fee charged for an administrative CUP; these applications are not charged both the STR permit fee and the administrative CUP fee.)
- Annual renewal fee (for either STR Permit or CUP): $75
- Expired permit renewed within 60 days of expiration: $82.50 (includes 10% penalty fee)
A 20% discount will be applied for bulk STR permit applications of 6 or more STR permits submitted at the same time by the same managing entity or owners’ association for units within a building or complex that utilizes common parking, trash, utilities and contact information.
All STR permit application fees are analyzed annually during review and adoption of the Summit County Planning Department Development Review Fee Schedule in March of each year, and will be adjusted annually as needed based on the volume of STR permits and associated administrative costs.
Preparing an STR Application
To submit the STR permit application, applicants must first complete the following steps:
- Check the Property Search and Mapping Tool to verify your property is located in unincorporated Summit County.
- Read the Summit County STR Regulations (pdf).
- Decide which permit type(s) and permit fee(s) apply to you (as described above).
- Have your Sales Tax Account information available.
- Decide whom you will designate as the Responsible Agent, who will be available 24/7 to respond to complaints and has a text-enabled phone.
- Determine the interior living space square footage of your unit.
- Determine your occupancy limit as described in Section 3821.08.F. of the STR Regulations.
- Create a Parking Plan that complies with Section 3821.09.A. of the STR Regulations and the parking requirements in Section 3700 (starting on page 102). You will need to submit a description of your parking plan, including the number and location of parking spaces, and you may also submit sketches and/or photos.
- Create a trash disposal and collection plan that complies with Section 3821.09.B. of the STR Regulations. You will need to describe this plan on the permit application form.
- Have your credit or debit card ready and be aware of the applicable permit fees (as listed above).
- Effective Oct. 1, 2019, a septic tank pumping must be completed by a Summit County licensed system cleaner at least once every three years. You can search for OWTS (septic system) records online. If you can't find your record, call 970-668-4070 or email us for assistance.
Apply for a Short-Term Rental Permit
To complete and submit your online application, visit the Summit County Short Term Rental Registration Portal.
- The online application works best with the most current versions of Chrome and Firefox browsers.
- While filling out the online application, there is no “save” button. In order to save your application and have the ability to log out and come back to it later, you must fill out the first page in its entirety and press “continue” once.
After Obtaining Your STR Permit
- Document posting: Print and post the following documents in a prominent location within your STR property:
- A sign that includes your Summit County STR Permit Number, street address and responsible agent contact information. Download a template that you can use to create your sign (pdf).
- Good Neighbor Guidelines (pdf): Fill in your unit's occupancy limit in the "Maximum Capacity" section at the bottom of page 1.
- County-approved parking plan
- County-approved trash disposal and collection plan.
- Advertising requirements: STR owners must include the permit number, maximum occupancy and maximum parking on all advertising (print, online, etc.). The permit number must be located after the property description.
- Permit Transferability: A short-term rental permit is uniquely tied to an individual property and the owner. Therefore, upon sale of a property, the new owner must complete their own application for a short-term rental permit.