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September 1, 2023

Proposed Amendments Related to Short-Term Dwelling and Vacation Rentals

Planning Commission Public Hearing Scheduled for Sept. 20

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County Community Planning & Permitting staff are proposing changes to the Land Use Code and Licensing Ordinance associated with Short-Term and Vacation Rentals in unincorporated Boulder County. These proposed changes will be presented to the Planning Commission for review during a Public Hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. The proposed draft regulations are available for review and can be found at

As a result of the Short-Term and Vacation Rental Two-Year Review, which was presented to the Board of County Commissioners on January 17, 2023, Commissioners directed staff to consider amendments to the existing regulations and updates to the licensing ordinance. The proposed regulations are focused on ensuring a baseline level of safety at Short-Term and Vacation Rentals, simplifying the licensing and land use review process, creating more certainty for applicants, balancing property owners’ desires for short-term rentals and the desires of immediate neighborhoods and communities, and minimizing impacts to housing stock.

Information regarding the Planning Commission Public Hearing and how to participate will be published on the Planning Commission webpage a week before the Sept. 20 Public Hearing.

The proposed changes are for the unincorporated areas of Boulder County, not in cities like Boulder or Longmont. Boulder County’s unincorporated areas comprise the rural, mountainous and plains communities that are not part of any incorporated municipality.

If you would like to comment on the draft text, email written comments to For more information, contact Ethan Abner, Long Range Planning & Policy Team Planner.