Vacation Rental Land Use Code Amendments
The short-term rental of a free market residential unit is identified in the City of Aspen Land Use Code as a “Vacation Rental”. Vacation Rental units are common and are required to not only receive approval from the Community Development Department to operate but also the City of Aspen Finance Department via a business license. The City of Aspen Finance Department has recently initiated the process of implementing new software that will enable the business community to electronically submit business license applications including Vacation Rental business licenses. This new software will streamline the process for the public and better monitor applications, track issued licenses, and signal expiration dates.
Currently, the Land Use Code states that if an individual or business entity represents one or more Vacation Rental property, only one business license is required. In an effort to bolster the tracking ability of the software, Land Use Code amendments will be proposed to require that each Vacation Rental property receive a duly issued business license. Changing the Land Use in this manner will also better track the location and type of property being used as a Vacation Rental.
The Vacation Rental Land Use Code Amendment process will begin with a Policy Resolution and 1st Reading of a draft ordinance before the Aspen City Council on November 12th, 2019 in City Council Chambers. 2nd Reading of the draft ordinance is scheduled for November 26th, 2019. For questions related to the new business license software, please contact Anthony Lewin in the Finance Department at 970-920-5006, . For questions related to the Land Use Code Amendment process and hearing schedule please contact Mike Kraemer in the Community Development Department at 970-920-2741.