Summit Cove

Short Term Rentals Blog

Summit County is implementing regulations for short term rentals (STRs), which are applicable to properties in the unincorporated areas of Summit County. The STR regulations address:
  • Permitting and fees
  • Regulation of key neighborhood impacts (e.g., parking and trash) 
  • Regulation of life safety issues (e.g., smoke and carbon monoxide detectors)
  • An effective compliance-monitoring and enforcement system.
This blog will keep you abreast of relevant processes, policies, information and other matters related to our STR program.

Mar 15

STR permit application coming soon! Here’s what you can do to prepare.

Posted on March 15, 2019 at 11:15 AM by Julie Sutor

The Summit Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) adopted short-term vacation rental regulations for unincorporated Summit County on Dec. 18, 2018, and Summit County staff has been working to develop a fair and streamlined permitting process for STR owners and managers in our community.  

The Summit County STR online permit application is currently under development. We appreciate your patience while we work out the final details. We expect to have the permit application available online within the next two weeks. When the permit application goes live, we will send out an announcement via the STR blog.

The deadline to submit the permit application is June 1, 2019. Beginning June 30, 2019, any STR operating without a permit will be considered in violation of the Summit County Code. All STR permits issued in 2019 will be valid through Sept. 30, 2020, with annual renewal required by Sept. 30 of each year.

Here’s what you can do to make sure you’re prepared to apply for your STR permit(s):
  1. Check the GIS Parcel Query Tool to verify your property is located in unincorporated Summit County. If your property is inside Town limits, you will need to apply for an STR permit with the applicable Town (not the County). If you’re outside of Town limits, you will need to apply for a Summit County STR permit.
  2. Read the Summit County STR Regulations.
  3. Confirm that you have a valid state sales tax license, and you have your Sales Tax Account Name and Sales Tax License Number ready to fill in on the permit application, along with the name and contact information for the person or entity preparing your Sales Tax Return. If still needed, apply for a sales tax license on the State of Colorado’s website or by calling 303-238-7378. Make sure you specify that the Unincorporated Summit County Sales Tax Rate (rather than one of the Towns’ sales tax rates) applies to your property. You are not required to pay Town sales taxes if your property is not located within the limits of an incorporated Town. The total Unincorporated Summit County Sales Tax Rate to collect is 6.375% as follows:
    • State of Colorado 2.9%
    • Summit County 2.0%
    • Mass Transit 0.75%
    • Affordable Housing 0.725%
    • Lodging Tax 0.0% (Unincorporated Summit County does not have a lodging tax)
  4. Decide whom you will designate as the Responsible Agent who will be available 24/7 to respond to complaints and has a text-enabled phone.
  5. Determine the interior living space square footage (floor area) of your unit.
  6. Determine your occupancy limit as described in Section 3821.08.F. of the STR Regulations.
  7. Create a parking plan that complies with Section 3821.09.A. of the STR Regulations and the parking requirements in Section 3700 (starting on page 102). You will need to submit a description of your parking plan, and you may also submit sketches and/or photos.
  8. Create a trash disposal and collection plan that complies with Section 3821.09.B. of the STR Regulations. You will need to describe this plan on the permit application form.
  9. If your property has an on-site wastewater treatment system, you will need to submit a copy of your most recent pumping report. Effective Oct. 1, 2019, a septic tank pumping must be completed by a Summit County Licensed System Cleaner every 3 years, or more frequently as determined by the Summit County Environmental Health Department during each County review of a permit renewal application for the property. Upon initial application, a pumping report will be accepted within 3 years of the date of that inspection. If the OWTS is in a state of malfunction, the Short Term Rental permit will not be issued until repairs are made and approved.  

Here are some helpful shortcuts to regulations referenced in the STR Regulations:

For more information, please visit our website, email us, or call 970-668-4185.

Dec 21

County has adopted STR regulations, with roll out of permitting system to begin late February:

Posted on December 21, 2018 at 3:02 PM by Dorothy Martinez

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) adopted new regulations for short-term vacation rentals in unincorporated Summit County on December 18.  We greatly appreciate the extensive involvement and valuable input we received from the community, which helped the County to craft regulations that will effectively address community concerns, while providing a fair and streamlined permitting process for STR owners and managers in our community.  The adopted regulations can be viewed on the County website at:

The anticipated timeline for rolling out the County’s online STR permitting system is as follows:

  • Late February 2019 – The STR permitting system will go live and the County will begin accepting and processing STR permit applications. 
  • June 1, 2019 – This is the required deadline for a STR permit application to be submitted to the County for any STR unit operating in the unincorporated areas of Summit County. 
  • June 30, 2019 – As of this date, if a STR is found to be operating without the required County STR permit, it shall be considered a violation of the County Land Use and Development Code. This will allow all STR unit owners to get through the 2018-2019 ski season before enforcement of the new County STR regulations begins.

We will continue to provide blog updates as the County moves forward with developing and implementing the STR permitting system during January – June 2019.  Happy holidays, and stay tuned for updates on the roll-out of the permitting process in the New Year!

Dec 14

STR Process Update: Meeting materials for the December 18 Public Hearing are posted for review

Posted on December 14, 2018 at 4:16 PM by Dorothy Martinez

Just a reminder that the Board of County Commissioners will continue their review of the draft short-term vacation rental regulations for unincorporated Summit County at a 3rd public hearing on Tuesday, December 18 at 9:00 a.m. at the County Courthouse, located at 208 E. Lincoln Ave. in Breckenridge. At the December 18 meeting, the BOCC will continue reviewing the draft regulations, consider additional public comments, and, if appropriate, make a decision regarding the adoption of the proposed regulations. This meeting will include a public hearing, during which members of the public are invited to provide comment.


The December 18 meeting materials are available for review on the County website at:  The STR materials begin on page 2. 


The staff report discusses key issues that the BOCC directed County staff to further investigate in response to community concerns, including occupancy provisions, considerations for condo-hotels and timeshares / fractional ownership units, and revisions to the process, timeline and fees for STR permitting and annual renewals.   The staff report outlines several recommended revisions to the proposed regulations to address these concerns, and the draft regulations (Attachment 1) have been updated to incorporate these recommended changes, which will be discussed with the BOCC at the December 18 meeting.