Vacation Home Licenses

As of April 1, 2020 the administration of Vacation Homes and Bed & Breakfasts located in the unincorporated area of Larimer County will be handled by Larimer County.  Questions can be directed to the Larimer County Planning Department at 970-498-7719 or citizenresources@larimer.org.

 

Vacation Homes within the Town of Estes Park Limits

A Vacation Home License is required for the leasing or renting of any single-family dwelling, duplex, multiple-family dwelling or any such similar place for a total continuous duration of less than thirty (30) days, for properties located within the Estes Park Development Code area. Vacation home occupancy is outlined in the regulations as two (2) occupants per bedroom plus two (2) with a maximum occupancy of eight (8).


 

The Vacation Home License application, requires signature of the property owner of record (as listed on Larimer County Assessor records) and the property manager. All fields must be completed before the application will be processed. The Estes Park Municipal Code Vacation Home Regulations require the homeowner and property manager signature confirming they have reviewed and acknowledge the regulations.

 

Applicants filing as a sole proprietor must complete an

Affidavit of Lawful Presence 

with any business application submitted to the Clerk's Office.

 

To check zoning of property please use the

  Zoning Map

 

Vacation Home License Change of Information 

For existing licenses which require an update to the information on file with the Clerk's Office.

Vacation Home License FAQs 
Application Processing

All applications must be completed, in their entirety without blank fields in order to be processed. The following are required prior to processing:

  • Complete Vacation Home License Application (no blank fields), signed by both the property owner of record and local representative/property manager.
  • The Vacation Home Regulations signed by both the property owner and local representative/property manager. Proof of a valid Sales Tax License/Colorado Account Number.
  •  If operating as a sole proprietor or individual, an Affidavit of Lawful Presence is required.

The Vacation Home/Bed & Breakfast Checklist and Vacation Home/Bed & Breakfast Process Map show the process of a complete application.

Cap

As of April 1, 2020 the 588 cap number which was maintained by the Town, was split between the Town and Larimer County resulting in 322 residential zoned properties in Town limits and 266 residential zoned properties in the unincorporated area of Larimer County. Town properties which are zoned residential are subject to the 322 cap.

A waitlist is maintained by the Town Clerk's office for properties inside Town limits. To be added to the waitlist, please submit a Vacation Home Registration Application. Please note, sales tax license, property manager/local representative information, and fees associated with the registration will be due when the application has been removed from the waitlist for processing.

Cost

$200 base fee + $50 per bedroom
Two hundred dollars ($200.00) base fee per year, fifty dollars ($50.00) for each bedroom. Bedroom numbers are based on Larimer County Assessors records. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit/debit card (transaction fees apply). Make checks payable to the Town of Estes Park.

Initial Compliance Inspection

An Initial Compliance Inspection of all vacation homes is required per the Estes Park Municipal Code. And shall be completed prior to approval of any operating license. Inspection will be conducted by the Code Enforcement Officer. For more information please contact the Clerk's Office at townclerk@estes.org

Large Vacation Home Review

Large Vacation Home Review (nine (9) or more occupants): Vacation home occupancy is outlined in the regulations as two (2) occupants per bedroom plus two (2) with a maximum occupancy of eight (8). Per the Vacation Home Regulations, properties which are eligible to allow nine (9) or more occupants in the vacation home must have had an application for vacation home license filed with the Clerk's office prior to March 31, 2017. Properties eligible for Large Vacation Home Review must go through special review. More information about the review process can be found here: LVHR Guidelines and Application.

License Databases

To view Licensed Businesses, Liquor Licenses, Vacation Homes and Bed and Breakfasts, please visit the Records Portal. Databases are available as a searchable PDF or downloadable Excel Spreadsheet. Please call the Clerk's Office at 970-577-4777 if issues occur while accessing the Records Portal.

Life and Safety Inspection

Vacation Homes are subject to a Life Safety Inspection. More information can be found at Building Forms and References page or the application can be completed here.  An inspection request can be submitted here.

Local Representative/Property Manager

Local Representative/Property Manager must reside within the Park R-3 School District or Estes Valley Recreation and Park District boundaries. The representative must be available within a 20-30 minute response time in the event of a code violation or emergency. The representative can be the homeowner as long as they are able to provide an alternative address from the vacation home which is within the required boundaries where they will reside while the property is being rented.

Sales Tax License

A Colorado Sales Tax License or Colorado Account number is required for renting of property for less than 30 days. A valid Sales Tax License is obtained through the Colorado Department of Revenue website, Taxation Division or in person at the Fort Collins Tax office, 3030 South College.

 

Sales Tax rates can be found at estes.org/salestax.

Transferring a License to New Homeowner

An active license for a specific vacation home is transferable to a new owner of record. If the property owner changes during the calendar year, it is the responsibility of the new owner to transfer the license to their name within thirty (30) days of the transfer of ownership.

Transfer applications must be completed, in their entirety without blank fields in order to be processed. The following are required prior to processing:

  • Complete Vacation Home License Application (no blank fields), signed by both the property owner of record and local representative/property manager.
  • The Vacation Home Regulations signed by both the property owner and local representative/property manager. Proof of a valid Sales Tax License/Colorado Account Number.
  •  If operating as a sole proprietor or individual, an Affidavit of Lawful Presence is required.
Waitlist

Currently there are 57 residential-zoned vacation home applications on the waitlist for processing.

Please note there is no limit on the number of commercial-zoned Vacation Home Licenses. Vacation Home Licenses in commercial zoning districts are processed as received by the Town Clerk's office.

To be added to the waitlist, please submit a Vacation Home Registration Application. Please note, sales tax license, property manager/local representative information, and fees associated with the registration will be due when the application has been removed from the waitlist for processing.

   Zoning Map

VH & B&B Compliance Concerns

To submit a Vacation Home or Bed and Breakfast compliance concern call 970-577-4787 or submit an online form at estes.org/reportacomplianceconcern.