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On October 12, 2021, Council adopted Ordinance 25, Series 2021 which effectively prohibits the issuance of new short-term rental licenses to "non-primary" or non-owner-occupied short-term rentals. Non-primary short-term rental license holders may renew their licenses, but if the license is revoked or expires, current regulations will apply.

What is a Short-Term Rental (STR)?

Often facilitated by peer-to-peer websites such as and, short-term rentals are residential properties available for rent for a period ranging from 1-28 days. The City of Littleton requires hosts to obtain a license in order to offer a short-term rental (STR) in their primary residence. 

There are two types of licenses depending on the use of the property; a Short-Term Primary Rental License (owner occupied) and a Short-Term Non-Primary Rental License (the owner does not reside at the property - currently renewals only). Both can be leased to one (1) party at a time for periods of less than twenty-eight (28) consecutive days. The term short-term non-primary rental shall not include the rental of a dwelling unit to the former owner immediately following the transfer of ownership of  such dwelling unit and prior to the former owner vacating the dwelling unit.

City of Littleton Short-Term Rentals Laws, Rules and Regulations

In 2020, Littleton City Council adopted Ordinance 41-2020 regulating short-term rentals and creating requirements that short-term rental licensees must comply with. This first ordinance was repealed and reenacted with additional regulations as part of Title 3 Business Regulations in Ordinance 25-2021 in October 2021.

 Important facts on Littleton's short-term rental laws, rules, and regulations:

  • All short-term rentals must be licensed

  • All advertisements for short-term rentals must display the host's business license number

  • Two types of STR licenses - Primary Residence and Non-Primary Residence (renewals only)

  • STRs are not permitted in detached Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

  • Littleton has a limit of 2 STR renters per bedroom, with 8 renters per property maximum

  • Short-term rentals shall provide (2) off-street parking spaces

  • Each STR must display the Good Neighbor Guest Guidelines and mail adjacent properties a Good Neighbor Owner Handout

  • See additional requirements under Owner Requirements


Additional information on the city's regulations may be reviewed in the Good Neighbor Guest Guidelines, Owner Handout and Instruction Sheet, and Licensing pages.

Short Term Rental Licensing


For specific concerns about a short-term rental near you, please first reach out to the property owner through the Good Neighbor Owner Handout. If you are not able to get a response or did not receive the handout, please contact the following after verifying that it is occurring within the Littleton city limits:

  • If this is an emergency or crime in progress, call 911.
  • 24/7 Short-Term Rental Compliance Hotline, call 720-310-2171
    or visit the STR Hotline Tips Webform.

For a list of common violations, see the Code Enforcement & Property Maintenance Brochure.


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Short-Term Rental Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What does the ordinance require?
Q: What is the difference between a primary residence and a non-primary residence?
Q: Are there different types of short-term rental licenses?
Q: How is the license applied for and is there a fee?
Q: How long is the license valid and can it be revoked?
Q: What happens if a license has not been obtained?
Q: Why is a property inspection required?
Q: How many renters can occupy the dwelling?
Q: How many parking spaces are required?
Q: Are short-term rentals ever prohibited?
Q: What is the Good Neighbor Owner Handout and Guest Guidelines?
Q: Who do I contact in case of an emergency or issues?
Q: Is there a sales or lodging tax for short-term rentals?
Q: Are there any requirements from the City when advertising for my short-term rental?