Short-Term Rental (STR) Licensing
February 2019 Update
Multiple City departments and Poudre Fire Authority have been working through code and safety issues related to STRs in multi-family units. Based on these conversations the proposal below is being developed. Staff anticipates conducting public outreach and Board outreach in February followed by a Council policy discussion on March 26. This site will continue to be updated as more details become available.
All STRs could be classified as primary residential use (per the International Building Code) in multi-family buildings as long as the number of STRs remains at 25% or less of total units. Triplexes would be allowed one STR unit.
If any building wishes to exceed 25%, the building would need to comply with R1 standards. These are standards outlined in the International Building Code and apply to buildings with high transitory occupancy (i.e. hotels, motels.)
All STRs most provide safety and exit information in a conspicuous location within the unit.
Units without a fire sprinkler system could be required to have an on-site safety inspection prior to licensing.
Until a decision is determined through Council action, all STR hosts or developers should operate under the codes as they exist today (no STRs in units with 3 or more dwellings and building to an R1 standard if STRs to be allowed in a new building with 3 or more units.)
December 2018 Update
As of December 6th 2018, The City of Fort Collins will no longer issue new STR licenses to units that are located in buildings with 3 or more dwelling units, regardless of zoning. A Building and Fire Code issue has come to our attention and staff is working to address these safety concerns. For questions please contact Ginny Sawyer at Z3Nhd3llckBmY2dvdi5jb20=.
Guide to Starting a STR
Download the "Guide for Operating a Short-Term Rental (STR) in the City of Fort Collins" to learn the basics, view FAQs, requirements including links to applications, and steps to applying.
Short-Term Rental Zoning Map
Short-term rental zoning map
There are two types of STRs, Primary and Non-Primary. The map indicates where these types are allowed. The green areas indicate only Primary STRs and the yellow areas indicate both Primary and Non-Primary STRs. The zones with no color indicate where STRs are prohibited.
Am I in a zone that allows STRs?
Applying For A Short-Term Rental License
- Business name (LLC not required, first and last name are ok to use)
- Proof of Ownership
- Proof of Personal Liability Insurance Coverage
- For Primary STRs – Proof of Residence
- STR application (this is an online application)
- Self-Inspection Checklist
- Sales and Lodging Tax License Application (these are online applications)
- $150 non-refundable application fee (payable online via e-check or credit card)
- Mailing Address of owner and STR property address
- Local Contact Information (must be able to assist at property if needed within 4 hours of a call)
- Number of bedrooms
- Description of rentable space
- Number of off-street parking spaces
- Ensure there are no expired building permits on property
- Ensure your HOA covenants allow STRs