Residential Building & Vacation Rentals

Ordinance No. 27 

Temporary Moratorium on New Residential Building and Vacation Rental Permits

On December 8, 2021, Aspen City Council approved Ordinance No. 27, a moratorium on: 

  • the acceptance of any new land use application seeking a development order or notice of approval; 
  • on the acceptance of certain building permit applications for all residential uses in all zone districts within Aspen city limits; 
  • and the issuance of new vacation rental permits (also known as “short-term rental” permits).

Complete and valid building and vacation rental permit applications that were submitted by 5 p.m. on December 8, 2021, are being considered for approval and are excluded from the moratorium. The moratorium for residential building is scheduled to extend until June 8, 2022; the pause on the issuance of vacation rental permits is scheduled to extend until September 30, 2022. 

Aspen City Council instituted the moratorium to allow for a period to evaluate current and future residential community development in Aspen. This pause grants Aspen City Council the space to fully consider the impacts development is having on the health, peace, safety, and general wellbeing of the residents and visitors of this community.

Get Involved

City of Aspen staff will coordinate extensive public outreach to help inform their recommendations to Council about a new ordinance(s) regarding vacation rental and residential building permits. Staff is currently developing a community engagement plan that will outline strategies to collect public input about the next steps. To keep informed about this process and/or get involved, please subscribe to our “Community Development Update” email distribution list here

If you would like to be a volunteer in the process and/or have questions about the engagement process, please reach out to Jami McMannes.

Contact Us

We’re here to help! Feel free to contact us with questions and for more information.

Contact Com Dev with questions

Questions about the Permitting Process

Residential Permitting: Community Development
Bonnie Muhigirwa
Email | 970-309-5119

Vacation Rental Permits: Finance
Email  | Phone: 970-920-5040 
Reach out to Jami to get involved

Communications and Engagement

Jami McMannes
Communications Manager
Email | 970-765-4752
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General Questions about the Moratorium

Ben Anderson
Long Range Principal Planner
Email | 970-429-2765
Phillip Supino is the director of com dev

Media Inquiries

Phillip Supino
Director, Community Development
Email | 970-319-0833