Dear Community Associations,

Just around the corner is 2023, so…Happy New year!  Here’s a new licensing requirement! 


The City and County of Denver.

Might as well start the new year off with a bang!  There are two updates to the Denver Revised Municipal Code (DRMC) Ordinance that provide new licensing requirements for long-term rentals in Denver County, which are in addition to the current requirements for short-term rentals.

  • The new licensing process for long-term rentals is being introduced in two phases, based on the type of community.
  • The first requirement, which goes into effect on 1/1/2023, applies to apartment complexes and multi-unit homes, and likely doesn’t impact community associations.
  • The second requirement, which goes into effect on 1/1/2024, applies to single family homes, rowhouses and condominiums, which will impact community associations.
  • The new provision doesn’t define long-term rental, but DRMC Section 33-46(6) defines short-term rental as “a period of less than thirty (30) consecutive days.” 

So, it is likely that a long-term rental means any property rented for a period of more than thirty consecutive days.

  • What does this mean for community associations?
  • It means any lot/unit owner will be required to obtain a long-term rental license from the City and County of Denver in order to rent his/her/their lot/unit for a period longer than thirty consecutive days. 
  • The new license requirement does not replace the requirements for short-term rentals, so lot/unit owners should be aware of and review the requirements for  short-term rental licenses (DRMC 33-46 through 33-55).
  • How do you get a long-term rental license?
  • Something to note: an inspection is only good for 90 days once the application is submitted, so if any lot/unit owners wish to rent their property in 2024, they should start the licensing process several months before 1/1/2024

**One last note: the community association does NOT enforce the code or the licensing requirements, that is the responsibility of the City and County of Denver.**

If you have any questions on the above or regarding rental licensing in Denver County, please contact any of our Altitude attorneys at [email protected] or (303) 432-9999.

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