The Salida City Council has been constantly working on adjusting their short-term rental regulations and in their last meeting, they approved amendments to the recently updated short-term rental ordinance.  The newly approved amendments were approved on Nov. 16th and will go into effect on Dec. 19th, 2021. 

Amendments to Short-Term Rental Ordinance 

Below you can find the underlined changes to Section 6-6-20 and Section 16-4-190 regarding short-term rentals. 

Section 6-6-20.  Licensing; limitations; requirements. (g).(5). All short-term rental units already licensed with the City as of November 8 December 19, 2021, the effective date of Ordinance 2021-17, may continue to operate and renew annually regardless of the Chaffee County residency eligibility requirements of this subsection (g) until such time that the property changes ownership, or the person(s) controlling the corporate owner of the property changes, or until such time the short-term rental license is revoked or abandoned pursuant to this Article. Furthermore, owners of property purchased, or under valid and executed contract to be purchased, prior to July 20 December 19, 2021 may apply for a short-term rental license regardless of the eligibility requirements of this subsection (g), provided such license application is filed on or before June 1, 2022, and provided that the unit existed or had a valid building permit for construction on or before July 20 December 19, 2021. If such a property had a valid building permit for construction on or before July 20 December 19, 2021, and is unable to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy before June 1, 2022, such property owner may apply for an extension, in writing, to the City Administrator, except that if such extension is granted, the short-term rental license shall be filed on or before June 1, 2023. 

Section 16-4-190. Review standards applicable to particular uses. (q).(1).(a).(2). A separate short-term license is required for each short-term rental property. The permit shall be issued only to the owner of the short-term rental property. No more than one (1) short-term rental permit is permitted per property owner, which for these purposes shall be considered the person controlling a corporate owner. Owners of property purchased, or under valid and executed contract to be purchased, in the RMU, C-2, C-1 and I zone districts, prior to December 19, 2021 are excepted from the preceding sentence, provided that the unit existed or had a valid building permit for construction before December 19, 2021, and provided that the short-term license applications are filed on or before June 1, 2022. All short-term rental permits shall be granted solely to the applicant at the address for which the permit is issued and shall not be transferable to any other person or legal entity or property. The owner of the short-term rental is responsible for compliance with the provisions of this Section and Chapter 6 Article VI pertaining to short-term rental licensing. 

Continue here to view the remaining amendments to the short-term rental ordinance. 

Short-Term Rental Regulations & Safety  

Short-term rental safety is unfortunately often the most overlooked aspect of maintaining a rental property.  Cities like Salida understand that there is a need for safety guidelines to be in place for vacation rentals as well as keeping them regulated by requiring owners to be licensed. 

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