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Guide to Starting a STR#

Download the helpful guide to learn the basics of operating a Short-Term Rental (STR) in the City of Fort Collins. This guide also has FAQ's, requirements, and step by step instructions on applying for your license. 

STR Operating Guide

Short-Term Rental Zoning Map and Zone Verification#

The Short-term rental zoning map indicates where Primary and Non-Primary STRs are allowed in Fort Collins.  The green areas indicate only Primary STRs and the yellow areas indicate both Primary and Non-Primary STRs. STRs are prohibited in the zones with no color. 

Is my property in a zone that allows STRs?

Verify Here

Application Requirements#

Required documents to be submitted with online application:

  • Proof of ownership
  • Proof of personal liability insurance coverage
  • For Primary STRs – Proof of Residence
  • Photos of the rental space combined to one PDF document 
  • $150 non-refundable application fee (payable online via e-check or credit card)

Required information:

  • Physical address of STR
  • Mailing address and contact information of owner 
  • Local contact information (must be able to assist at property if needed within 4 hours of a call)
  • Number of bedrooms being rented
  • Description of rentable space
  • Number of off-street parking spaces
  • Ensure there are no open or expired building permits on property
  • Ensure your HOA covenants allow STRs

* Paper application available upon request. Please send an email to or call 970.221.6780 for more information.