Blue River Short-Term Rental Rules

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Over the years, affordable workforce housing has steadily increased in prevalence as an issue in Summit County, Colorado. However, since the onset of Covid-19, the challenge for the Summit County local workforce has continued to mount. And, many local businesses believe the lack of such housing is a significant factor driving worker shortages. Plus, if those employed here cannot live locally, many are concerned there will be a potential shift in the "character of Summit County". Accordingly, starting in 2018 and carrying on to the present, stakeholders across Summit County have discussed possible solutions for the lack of affordable housing in Summit County for local employees. And, various governmental authorities across Summit County have expended significant time and effort to find and implement measures that might potentially ease the local workforce housing crisis. Stemming from these various meetings, governmental bodies across Summit County have either adopted or are considering adopting new regulations regarding short-term rental (“STR”) licenses.

With the building height restrictions in place locally, Summit County does not have towering hotels with tremendous capacity to potentially serve its resort visitors. And, most locals agree the absence of such multi-story structures adds to the charm of our mountain community. However, Summit County tourism nonetheless relies on a healthy supply of places to stay, and short-term rentals in unincorporated Summit County certainly comprise a significant component in that regard. As a result, governmental bodies across Summit County are currently in an experimentation phase, enacting short-term rental rule changes in an effort to find the right balance between fostering increased local workforce housing while sustaining our vital tourism business. In turn, the regulatory landscape is quickly changing. As a resource for folks interested in potentially purchasing Blue River real estate and using their home to conduct short-term rentals in Blue River, my aim is to maintain this informational resource for learning more about Blue River short-term rental rules.

Blue River Short-Term Rentals
Property Owner FAQs

Blue River Short-Term Rental Rule Changes

Blue River Short-Term Rental License

The Town of Blue River previously adopted regulations requiring Blue River short-term rental property owners to obtain STR licenses. The fee for a new STR license is $200. Thereafter, renewals are $150 per year.  All Blue River short-term rental licenses expire December 31st each year.  Licenses do not automatically renew and require a re-application and fee.

Blue River Short-Term Rental Occupancy Limits

The Town of Blue River currently maintains an occupancy limit of 2 persons per bedroom plus 2 total persons.

Blue River Short-Term Rental Discussions in Fall of 2021

The Board of Trustees (“BoT”) for Blue River had a brief discussion about STRs at its retreat in August 2021 and then again in September 2021. As of September 2021, the BoT noted that 18% of properties in Blue River were licensed as STRs.

The BoT conducted a work session on November 2021, where Town staff presented current data on Blue River short-term rentals. And, the Town of also maintains Blue River short-term rental statistics on its website.  And, Blue River crafted a Good Neighbor Policy regarding Blue River short-term rentals.  The BoT plans to eventually determine an overall future plan for STRs. However, there is no firm plan on the table at present. Accordingly, whether Blue River decides to adopt any new regulations is currently an open question.

No Caps & No Moratorium on Blue River Short-Term Rental Licenses

At present, there are no caps and no moratorium on short-term rental licenses in Blue River. Accordingly, the Town of Blue River continues to receive, evaluate and process new short-term rental applications at this time.

No Caps on Blue River Short-Term Rental Rental Nights

At present, there are also no caps on the number of rental nights for Blue River short-term rentals. Blue River permits short-term rental owners a potentially unlimited number of rental days in any calendar year.

Need Help Understanding Blue River Short-Term Rentals?

If you’re interested in further discussing local real estate and how STR license changes might potentially affect your decision to buy or sell a property in Blue River, please don’t hesitate to contact Philip for help.