A short-term rental (STR) is a dwelling unit, or portion of a dwelling unit, that is used for lodging for a period of less than 30 consecutive days. A Short-Term Rental License is required prior to advertising and renting your property.
Regulating STRs had been a focus of City Council since 2018, and several study sessions had 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 creating an ordinance that allows STRs, but limits how many there can be in the community. The ordinance created appropriate licensing requirements and put significant responsibility on STR hosts to be good neighbors. As of August 1, 2021, licensed STRs also provide revenue to the City in the form of Lodgers’ Tax.