What are Short-Term Rentals?

Short-term rental generally means the rental of all or a portion of a property for less than 30 days. These rentals are generally listed on websites such as Airbnb.com or HomeAway.com.  

Regulating Short-Term Rentals

The issue of regulating short-term rentals is of increasing interest to local governments across the country. This is true in the Front Range and the City of Westminster. The city is interested in examining how to potentially implement simple, sensible and enforceable local policies that balance the rights of homeowners with the interests of neighbors, community members and businesses. City staff will be preparing research and recommendations on potential short-term rental regulations to present to the city’s Planning Commission and City Council later this year.  The goal is to achieve direction on policy goals/objectives regarding short-term rentals and identify regulatory requirements that can be effectively enforced. 


The city is interested in your input and suggestions on goals and considerations as the city explores instituting short-term rental regulations.  You can provide your feedback directly to Aric Otzelberger, Operations and Community Preservation Manager - Community Development, at aotzelbe@cityofwestminster.us, or 303-658-2122.


By early 2020, the city will conduct the short-term rental study and begin communication and outreach.      

City staff plans to present the short-term rental study findings and recommendation to Planning Commission and City Council in early to mid-summer 2019.