Short-term Rentals Research

Since November 2021, City staff has been doing extensive research on the topic of short-term rentals. On top of that research, we have also been conducting community engagement on the topic. This has included interviews between staff and local stakeholders such as short-term rental owners, hotel owners, concerned residents, community organizations, and more. The information gathered during the initial research phase was presented during a Joint Work Session to the City Council and the Planning Commission on May 5, 2022. If you missed the Work Session or would like to review it, a link to the recording can be found below. This work session resulted in Council's guidance to staff to conduct a community engagement process that will provide a process for community members to share their thoughts and ideas on the topic to be considered by City Council and staff. The next steps in the engagement process include the online questionnaires via What's Up Woodland Park as well as two in-person public engagement sessions on July 6, 2022.

Watch the May 5, 2022 short-term rental presentation here:

Existing Policy in Woodland Park

Currently, the City requires the following of short-term rentals owners:

  • Apply for a local business license
  • Collect City lodging tax
  • Collect City sales tax

The City began tracking businesses licenses for short-term rentals in December of 2020. From December 2020 through April 2022, the total number of business licenses issued for short-term rentals within the City limits was 130.

Example Short-term Rental Policies

The information below includes links to outline the processes that other municipalities are using to address short-term rentals. The actions of adjacent communities directly affect the City of Woodland Park. Studies have shown that regulation in one area can create an overflow causing an increase in short-term rentals in adjacent areas with less regulation. Communities similar in size or focus to Woodland Park are also included for comparison.

  • Buena Vista, Colorado
    • Differentiate between county residents, non-residents, and entity (LLC, Trust, etc) owned properties
    • Hybrid capacity limit model based on location, type of short-term rental, and resident status
    • Non-transferable licenses issued annually ($250 initial and $150 renewal)
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
    • Limitations based on zoning districts and owner-occupancy status
    • Physical separation requirements between short-term rentals
    • Requirement for a point of contact than can respond within one hour
    • Non-transferable licenses issued annually ($119 initial and $119 renewal)
  • Georgetown, Colorado
    • Inspection Requirement ($75)
    • Parking requirement to provide 1 space per bedroom of off-street parking.
    • Annual License ($500 initial and $500 renewal)
    • Additional business license (up to $256)
  • Manitou Springs, Colorado
    • Current Moratorium
    • Capacity limits (2% of available structures)
    • Off-street parking requirement
  • Nederland, Colorado
    • Requirement for the short-term rental to also be the owner's primary residence
    • 180 day limit on the number of days non-owner occupied property can be rented
    • Owner performed inspection
    • Annual registration ($150 Initial and $75 annual)


Short-Term Rental - dwelling unit, or portion thereof, that is offered or provided to a guest by an owner or operator for a fee for fewer than thirty consecutive nights.

Owner-occupied Short-term Rental - Situation where the owner rents out all or a portion of their primary residence.

Non-Owner Occupied Short-Term Rental – Situation where the owner rents out all or a portion of a dwelling that is NOT their primary residence.

Primary Residence - A person’s fixed, permanent, and principal domicile for more than 185 days out of each calendar year and to which the person intends to return following any periods of absence. A primary residence is established by the person’s actual physical occupancy of the domicile and as demonstrated by at least the following documents: (1) driver’s license or Colorado state identification card; and (2) voter registration, motor vehicle registration, or designated residence for income tax purposes. A person shall have only one primary residence.