Boulder, CO unanimously approved new short-term rental, Airbnb laws specifically affecting hosts who rent for more than 60 days per year. These frequent rentals are prohibited in dense neighborhoods made up of primary residence homes. In addition, properties that are rented for less than 60 days per year are limited to 2-night minimum bookings.

The following Airbnb laws are currently enforced throughout Boulder: 

  • Hosts must reside at the rental property for more than one half of the year, otherwise known as the owner’s principal residence.
  • Hosts must secure a short-term rental license, and the name on the license must be the same as the name on the deed for the property, the owner must be a natural person, trust, or a nonprofit organization. 
  • The owner must verify that the number and location of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors meet the requirements outlined in the application packet. 
  • The owner must follow the city’s occupancy limits outlined in the application packet.
  • Once issued, a Short-Term Rental Annual Affidavit and fee must be submitted by the issuance 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. 

The licensing fees for new applications are $130, payable to the City of Boulder. 

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