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Boulder County holding online open house today to discuss short-term rentals, bed and breakfasts

During the online open house, attendees can learn more about proposed changes and provide input to county staff. Draft regulations are slated to be presented to the Boulder County Planning Commission in the fall.
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An open house will be held today on updates to regulations for short-term rentals and bed and breakfasts in unincorporated Boulder County.

During the online open house, attendees can learn more about proposed changes and provide input to county staff. Draft regulations are slated to be presented to the Boulder County Planning Commission in the fall.

Boulder County last year sent out an informational survey polling the public for thoughts on regulating short-term dwelling rentals. This survey, which was open from Oct. 28 through  Dec. 2, received 1,567 responses. Among its findings, according to the county:

  • More than 85% of respondents felt as though there should be short-term dwelling rentals in Boulder County with varying levels of oversight.

  • More than 74% of respondents thought there should be a local management requirement.

  • A majority of respondents felt as though there should be some form of owner-occupancy requirement.

  • 76% of respondents did not think a minimum-stay was appropriate.

Full results of the survey, which the county stated was informational and not intended to be a representative sample of Boulder County, can be viewed here

To register for today’s open house, click here. Comments also can be submitted online. For more information, contact Jasmine Rodenburg at jrodenburg@bouldercounty.org or 303-441-1735, or visit the project webpage.

The county is not alone in looking at how to regulate short-term rentals. Longmont City Council at its July 14 meeting reviewed its regulations and voted 5-2 in favor of the first reading of an ordinance that would block rental investment properties, usually second homes, from being used as short-term rentals. Council requested that homes be required to have listed owner-occupants before they can be offered on a short-term basis. 

Mayor Brian Bagley and Councilmember Marcia Martin dissented in the 5-2 vote. 

Council also directed city staffers to come up with improvements to short-term rental rules, including enforcement capabilities with repercussions for those who don’t follow the rules.

Staff will update the ordinance and bring it back to council for approval.

Prior to 2018, the city did not allow short-term rentals and there was no enforcement surrounding existing short-term rentals, according to city staff members.

Don Burchett, Longmont  planning manager, on July 14 told council the city began reviewing and issuing permits to operators in January 2019 and there are currently 80 active permits.

Since then, the city has logged nine complaints for short-term rental violations — six for operating without a permit and three because the owner was not living within the city limits as required, Burchett said.




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