Why regulate Short-Term Rentals?

Regulating STRs has been a focus of City Council since 2018, and several study sessions have been held for Council to explore various regulation options. Before the ordinance was approved, STRs existed in Wheat Ridge but were completely unregulated and not even mentioned in the City Code. Without any regulations, STRs were challenging for the City to enforce or to shut down offenders. City Council was clear about the creation of an ordinance that allows STRs, but limits how many there can be in the community. The ordinance creates appropriate licensing requirements and puts significant responsibility on STR hosts to be good neighbors. Licensed STRs will also provide revenue to the City in the form of Lodgers’ Tax, starting August 1, 2021.

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1. What is a Short-Term Rental or STR?
2. Why regulate Short-Term Rentals?
3. What is included in the ordinance?
4. Who can operate a short-term rental?
5. Who needs to apply for a Short-Term Rental License?
6. Are there limits on the number of Short-Term Rentals?
7. Do I have to display my license?
8. Does my short-term rental license apply to multiple properties?
9. What is the cost of an STR license?
10. What if I do not obtain a Short-Term Rental License?
11. Do I need a Short-Term Rental license if I hire a property management company?
12. Do I also need to obtain a separate business license?
13. Are home inspections required?
14. What can I do if I have a complaint?
15. How to I fill out a lodging tax form if I list on Airbnb?