Short Term Rental

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Welcome to the short-term rental page. Here you will find helpful information to assist you when licensing your short-term rental. If you have registered before you are still subject to these requirements.  If you have any questions along the way, please do not hesitate to contact Code Enforcement.

Effective August 24, 2021 - The Town of Buena Vista adopted Emergency Ordinance No 13, Series 2021 imposing a temporary moratorium on the acceptance, processing and approval of any application for short-term rental licenses within the town. This ordinance is set to expire on October 27, 2021, unless action is taken beforehand by the Board of Trustees to either terminate or extend.
Please note that there will be a Board of Trustee work session in early September to discuss a proposal to limit short-term rentals, followed by a public hearing and the possible adoption of an ordinance on September 28, 2021.

The links to the STR new packet and renewal form will remain inactive until further notice.

Short-term rental renewal form (PDF)

A short-term rental is defined as a residential structure, or portion thereof, in which the entire structure or two (2) or fewer habitable spaces are made available to paying guests for thirty consecutive days or less. If you meet this definition then you are subject to the licensing requirements. In order to get your license, you will need the following.

  • NEW Short-term rental application packet (PDF)
  • Floor plan of the house
  • Site plan of the property
  • Short-term rental affidavit
    • Will need to be notarized
    • If brought into Town Hall, staff will notarize for free
  • Town of Buena Vista business license application - $30 (annual), this form is part of the new STR rental packet
  • Colorado State Sales Tax License
  • Proof of ownership
  • License fee
    • License good for the calendar year January 1st – December 31st
    • Initial year - $150
    • Subsequent years - $100

Please feel free to check with the Town regarding any documents you may not have. Once you have filled out and brought in your application you will need to sign up for inspection with Code Enforcement. These will be on a first-come-first-served basis. It is the responsibility of the applicant to sign up and be available for your time slot. If for any reason Town staff cannot make it, they will contact you to reschedule. You will not be issued a license until you have passed the inspection. In the short-term rental application packet are the requirements for fire safety, as well as the housing standards and specifications.

Now that you have your license you need to pay attention to your short-term rental housing standards and specifications. Your license, as well as the other items listed, need to be made available to your guest. This can be accomplished simply by putting this paperwork in a binder, or you can hang it on your wall. When you advertise your home, you must use your short-term license number in the advertisement. Since most ads are done on the internet platform, you must put your license number in the description. The license number has been designed not to appear as a phone number.

Thank you for stopping by this page. We appreciate your compliance with the Buena Vista Municipal Code. As always please feel free to contact Code Enforcement.