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Posted on: March 6, 2023

Short-Term Rental License Applications Live

STR Licensing NewsFlash

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-March 6, 2023-The online application process to apply for a Short-Term Rental (STR) License within the City of Steamboat Springs is now live as of Monday, March 6, 2023. 

“A lot of effort in a short amount of time by several organizations has gone into bringing the licensing process live” said Planning & Community Development Director Rebecca Bessey. “Every STR needs to obtain a license and we’ve diligently worked to make the process easy and convenient for applicants.”

Each Short-Term Rental is required to obtain a license, which is valid for one year and must be renewed annually. License types include STR, Hosted STR and Temporary STR. The deadline to obtain a license is April 30, 2023, and the fee is $250.

Exemptions may be granted for properties that are located in STR Overlay Zone A (green zone), and that have a 24-hour staffed front desk, 24-hour phone system monitored by a person, and 24-hour staff capable of responding to complaints. The exemption application is available on the website.

In STR Overlay Zone C (red zone), only properties with legal nonconforming approval or a valid VHR permit are eligible for a STR License. In STR Overlay Zone B (yellow zone), the city is only accepting STR License applications for properties with pending or approved legal nonconforming registration or a valid VHR permit. Applications will not be accepted for a wait list at this time. Hosted STR and Temporary STR Licenses are available in all zones.

The step-by-step application guide, required forms, STR Overlay Zone Map, Licensing Ordinance and additional information on Short-Term Rentals can be found at


Rebecca Bessy, Planning & Community Development Director, 970.871.8202 or email
Michael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email
Emily Hines, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, 970.871.7031 or email

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