Vacation Rentals

The City of Glenwood Springs recognizes the benefits of allowing property owners to occasionally rent their homes short-term. Short term rentals diversify the types of accommodations available to area visitors; they allow homeowners to recoup some housing costs; and they increase the city’s revenue through the collection of accommodations taxes.  

However, due to the potential for adverse impacts on neighboring properties, the City regulates and requires permits for all homes that are rented short-term (less than 30 consecutive days).   

If you own a home and want to want to rent it short-term or if you want to know more about the program requirements, refer to the Short Term Rental Guide & Application.

After new changes to Vacation Rentals in the municipal code, a new 250 foot buffer between short term rentals is in place. This means if your property is 100% covered by a buffer, you will not be allowed to have a Short Term Rental (renting the entire residence). Accessory Tourist Rentals (renting of a single room in a residence) are exempt from the buffer. You can check your property availability via the Interactive Vacation Rental Map.

RENEWAL APPLICATIONS

The renewal process for existing permit holders begins on October 1, 2019 to renew for the 2020-2021 permit cycle. Please review the initial steps below. Renewal applications are found on this page under the vacation rental permit category. 

Step 1: Applicant submits application and pays renewal fee (Planning Department).

Step 2:  Staff informs applicant to schedule Building Inspection (Building Department).

Step 3: Applicant renews Business License (Finance Department).

Step 4: Staff reviews for compliance and permit is issued upon approval of all criteria.



  1. Hannah Klausman

    Senior Planner

Short Term Rentals do not include


  
  • Any permitted Accessory Dwelling Unit
  • Licensed Bed & Breakfast
  • Boarding or rooming house, or hotel
  • Offering the use of one's property where no fee is charged or collected
  • Renting a portion of your home.  If you are interested in renting just a bedroom in your home, refer to Accessory Tourist Rentals

Accessory Tourist Rentals

The City's Accessory Tourist Rental regulations allow a home owner to rent a single bedroom in their home to paying guests for stays of less than 30 consecutive days.

Accessory Tourist Rentals are allowed by permit only. If you own a home and want to rent a bedroom short-term, or if you want to know more about the program requirements, refer to the Accessory Tourist Rental Guide & Application.

After new changes to Vacation Rentals in the municipal code, a new 250 foot buffer between Short Term Rentals is in place. This means if your property is 100% covered by a buffer, you will not be allowed to have a Short Term Rental (renting the entire residence). Accessory Tourist Rentals (renting of a single room in a residence) are exempt from the buffer. You can check your property availability via the Interactive Vacation Rental Map.

Accessory Tourist Rentals are not allowed:

  • In homes located in a Planned Unit Development, unless specifically listed as an allowed use
  • In a permitted Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)