Short-Term Rentals

With non-stop discussion regarding short-term rentals in Steamboat Springs, it’s hard to keep straight what’s been regulated, what’s been voted on and what is expected to change. 
The new short-term rental regulations and upcoming vote on a STR tax are complex topics that are tied to the massive Brown Ranch project, all of which are broken down here. 
Scroll down to learn more about Brown Ranch and short-term rental regulations around the mountains and further reading on STRs in Steamboat Springs. 

What is a short-term rental?

A short-term rental, or STR, is a lodging accommodation for a period of less than 30 consecutive dys while the owner or permanent resident does not reside in the unit.

New regulations

In early June 2022, Steamboat Springs City Council approved a short-term rental overlay zone that put restrictions on how many short-term rentals can exist in certain parts of the city, as well as licensing requirements.

While short-term rentals are prohibited in much of the city, existing STRs may apply for legal nonconforming use. 

The city has not yet finalized a license application process.

How the new regulations work

Three types of licenses

  • STR license
  • Temporary STR license
  • Hosted STR license

The overlay zone