Implementation and review process for DC-19-0005 Short-Term Dwelling Rentals Text Amendments
Information and Public Listening Session on Short-Term and Vacation Rentals, Dec. 12, 2022
Boulder County Community Planning & Permitting hosted an information and listening session on Dec. 12, 2022, for the two-year review of the county’s Short-Term and Vacation Rental Land Use Code regulations, Licensing Ordinance, and enforcement processes. Staff provided information and a timeline for the two-year review, and held listening sessions in virtual breakout rooms to hear from members of the public.
Staff will continue to collect information throughout the remainder of the year. All reports to the BOCC will be available to the public, and the BOCC will hold a public hearing on the two-year review on January 17, 2023. Once the Board reviews the report and staff presentation, it will determine whether any changes to the Land Use Code are needed. Any further action beyond the report to the Board would be based on the direction given to staff by the Board.
Boulder County updated Land Use Code regulations related to Short-Term Dwelling and Vacation Rentals in 2021. The final text amendments were signed by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on January 5, 2021, and became effective February 7, 2021.
Licensing for short-term rentals began on March 1, 2021 and compliance and outreach began in March 2022. The required review was initiated in August 2022. Staff presented an initial review of land use applications for short-term rentals to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and Planning Commission on October 19, 2022. View the staff presentation and supporting documents.
According to the approval Resolution 2020-104, the efficacy of the Land Use Code amendment must be reviewed within two years of adoption, but no sooner than one year following full implementation. In accordance with this requirement, staff established criteria and metrics for review. The criteria include:
- Existing short-term and vacation rental regulations in the Land Use Code meet the intent of policymakers, decision-makers have sufficient guidance to make decisions, and existing levels of review are appropriate;
- Existing licensing requirements are appropriate, verifiable, and promote desired safety standards;
- Proactive enforcement to achieve compliance with Land Use Code and licensing ordinance.
The metrics, which will help staff measure progress on achieving the above criteria, are both qualitative and quantitative. Qualitative metrics include a review of best practices, land use applications for short-term rentals, the licensing requirements, and enforcement efforts to date. Quantitative metrics include statistics about land use reviews, licenses issued, code compliance, and monitoring efforts supported by the county’s third-party vendor.