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Short-term licensing for rentals begins

The City and County of Denver began accepting online applications on Friday for the city’s new short-term rental (STR) license.

<div> Short-term rentals are now legal in Denver. </div> <div>  </div>

DENVER – The City and County of Denver began accepting online applications on Friday for the city’s new short-term rental (STR) license.

The Denver City Council now allows hosts with valid licenses to offer short term rental’s in their primary residences. A short term rental meaning, the renting out of someone’s room, apartment or house for fewer than 30 days at a time.

Denver is the first city in the nation to offer an online STR license. The license is offered online to reflect the tech-savvy nature of STR users. It will also save hosts a trip downtown.

A pre-licensing checklist and application portal are available at Denvergov.org/STR.

“This new online application offers a simple and effective way for hosts to get licensed and be in compliance with the city’s new STR ordinance,” Stacie Loucks, the executive director of Denver’s Excise & Licenses department said.

The application and renewal fee for an STR license will cost $25 annually. All STR hosts in Denver must be licensed by the city by December 31, 2016.

Those who continue to advertise or operate without a STR license will be fined. The city can fine the rental host up to $999 for every day the property is advertised or operated without a license.