Short-term rentals

What is a short-term rental?

Often facilitated by peer-to-peer websites such as and, short-term rentals are residential properties available for rent for a period ranging from 1 to 29 days. Pursuant to the Denver Revised Municipal Code the City and County of Denver requires hosts to get a license in order to offer a short-term rental in their primary residence, meaning the place in which a person's habitation is fixed for the term of the license and is the person's usual place of return. A person can have only one primary residence.

Do I need a short-term rental license?

If you rent a property to guests for 1 to 29 days at one time, a short-term rental license is required. The property being rented must be your primary residence. If you are not the property owner, you will need permission from the property owner to operate short-term rentals there.

If you only rent for 30+ days at a time, a Residential Rental Property license is required. 

Short-term rental FAQs and application user guides

All short-term rental applicants should start by downloading the short-term rental online application guide.(PDF, 926KB)

You can access a list of frequently asked questions about short-term rentals and application requirements.


Check on the status of an application

An applicant can check on the status of an application at any time through the online application portal. Download the application status check-in guide(PDF, 457KB) for step-by-step instructions.



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