Short Term Rental Licenses

We are currently under a Short Term Rental Moratorium, not accepting new applications for 2023 at this time. The resolution can be found here. On August 22, 2023 the Board of County Commissioners voted to extend the moratorium for 6 more months. Click here for more information and for a link to the meeting recording. 

Please click here for the short-term rental community feedback form. 

Lake County does allow Short Term Rentals within residential structures. A license is required to operate a Short Term Rental and can be obtained through the application process. Short Term Rentals are required to comply with the regulations outlined in the Land Development Code, specifically Chapter 5 Section 5.2.18. Please see the regulation section below. 

The City of Leadville has their own process for Short Term Rentals and any questions about a city property should be directed to them. Here is a link to the City of Leadville's Short Term Rental Licensing.

Please contact Cece Williams at with questions regarding short-term rentals in Lake County. 

Application Process

Lake County requires Four documents to be submitted when applying for a short term rental license:

  • Completed Application
  • Completed Acknowledgment page
  • Proof of Ownership
  • Documentation of Tax Licenses or listing information with a company who will handle taxes (Airbnb, VRBO, etc.)

Once the Land Use office has received these documents, we conduct an administrative review, process payment, and issue a license.

Licensed Short Term Rental List

Lake County provides a list of currently licensed short term rentals within the county. That list can be found here.

Regulations Regarding Short Term Rentals

Chapter 5 section 5.2.18 outlines the specific regulations for Short Term Rentals including where they are allowed, submittal requirements, fees, standards, violations, and penalties.

Here is the Short Term Rental Regulations

How do I know if my property is in the city or county?
You can use our GIS Mapping System to locate your property. There is a boundary line designating the city borders.
Is my license transferable?
Short-term rental licenses are currently only transferable to the new property-owner if the property is sold and the license is in good standing. The new owner will have to submit a new application and pay the license fee, no matter what time of year the license is transferred.
When does the moratorium end?
The moratorium will end on February 28th, 2024.
Who can obtain a short-term rental license in 2024?
All those license-holders in good standing in 2023 will be given the opportunity to renew their short-term rental license for 2024. Results from the moratorium will determine new application procedures for additional licenses in 2024.