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Yes, all qualified owner’s representatives are required to have a current, valid business license from the City of Aspen Finance Department.
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Reference Title 26 Part 100 Section 26.104.110 to determine whether your property falls within the definition of “Lodge Uses”.
Use the “What is my STR permit type” flowchart on page two of the STR Regulation Summary.
If you believe an STR is in violation of the new ordinance regulations set forth in Ordinance No. 9, Series 2022, you can file a complaint through Aspen 3-1-1.
2021-2022 STR permits may name a 3rd party management company as the Qualified Owner’s Representative (QOR) on their renewal application for 2023. If the management company wishes to be added to a 2021-2022 permit before that permit is renewed for 2023, they must create a MuniREVS account and request to be added to the current permit by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff anticipate being able to issue any new Classic permits in capped zones in late January, 2023. Renewal applications from 2022 must be processed first in order to determine whether any new Classic permits will be available.
If a permittee is unable or unwilling to be available 24/7/365 to respond IN PERSON within 2 hours of an emergency at the STR property, the permittee must enlist a qualified owner’s representative to fulfill that requirement.
Brokers with a licensed real estate company may use the real estate company’s business license.
STR permits require that a permittee has at least 10% ownership of the property. If the property owner is willing to be named as the permittee, then the lessee could act as the qualified owner’s representative if they can fulfill the requirements of the Qualified Owner’s Representative outlined in Ordinance 09 and the STR Program Guidelines
The wildlife protection policy will be printed on the STR permit document that the permittee will receive once the permit is issued.
STR operators are required to display the STR permit, in-unit messaging, STR business license, and Good Neighbor Guide in an obvious location in the STR unit. Acceptable locations include inside an informational binder, on the coffee table, displayed in frames, or other places where the renters can easily access the information.
The permit number should be included in all 3rd party advertisements such as on VRBO, AirBnb, or similar. The permit number can be included in the advertisement title, description of the property, or in the part of the posting specifically designated by the 3rd party company.
Permittees named on STR permits will need a STR-specific business license. Qualified owner’s representatives will need either an STR business license, or, if applicable, they may use the business license associated with their real estate or property management firm (these are most often “real estate” business licenses).
Timeshares and fractional ownership properties do not qualify as short-term rentals and are not regulated by Ordinance 9, so STR permits for these property types are not required. Please check with the Finance department to see what the business license and associated tax requirements are for these properties
If the sale of a property with a 2022 STR permit closes prior to September 30, 2022, the seller may request to change the name on their 2022 STR permit prior to September 30, 2022. All appropriate licenses must be obtained prior to September 30, 2022. Commencing October 1, 2022, changes to existing STR permits will not be allowed, regardless of the date the permit was issued. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to confirm whether a property has a current STR permit.
Permits may not be transferred between addresses.
Explore the STR Eligibility Map to determine in which zone district your property is located.
Reference Title 26 Part 700 to determine whether STRs are permitted in your zone district. If ‘Vacation Rental’ is listed under ‘Permitted Uses,’ then STRs are allowed in your zone district.
If your residence is located within Aspen City Limits, you will only need an STR permit through City of Aspen. If your residence is located outside of the Aspen City Limits, you’ll only need a Pitkin County STR permit. Click here to find out whether your residence is in or out of Aspen.
Beginning October 1, 2022, all permit applications require the first and last name of a “natural person” with an ownership interest in the property. If the title to the STR property is held by a corporation, partnership, association, trust, or similar entity, the name and contact information of any officer, director, or stockholder holding at least 10% of interests in the entity is required as the “Permittee” on the application. LLCs, trusts, or other business names will not be allowed on new STR permit applications after October 1, 2022. Applicants renewing their valid 2022 STR permits where a trust, LLC or similar was previously named must choose a natural person to assume the permittee role in the renewal application for 2023.
Permittee contact information may not be changed after a permit is issued as permits are non-transferable. Changes to permittee information will result in the termination and revocation of a permit and the new permittee will be required to apply for a new permit.