FINANCE
Call: 303-795-3956
Mon-Fri, 8am–5pm
PLANNING & ZONING
Call: 303-734-8076
Mon-Fri, 8am–5pm
CODE ENFORCEMENT
Call: 303-795-3831
Mon-Fri, 7am–4pm
STR@littletongov.org

Before You Apply

 1. Is your property in the Littleton city limits?

Not all Littleton street addresses are in the city limits. Check the Littleton Address Wizard and/or the Littleton City Limits map to make sure the property address is within Littleton's city boundaries. If it is not in the city limits, contact the local jurisdiction and follow their STR licensing process.

2. Do I need a Short-Term Rental (STR) License?

If you rent a property to guests for 1-28 days at one time, a short-term rental license is required. If you are not the property owner, you will need permission from the property owner to operate short-term rentals there. If you only rent for 29+ days at a time, no license is required. This must be included in the booking calendar of any online advertisement.

3. Read the laws, rules and regulations

We recommend that all short -term rental applicants start their application by downloading the Good Neighbor Owner Handout and Guest Guidelines located on the right side of this page. Read through this webpage regarding license requirements and the FAQs on the Short-Term Rental page. For any questions regarding collection of sales and use tax or issuance of Littleton Sales and Use Tax ID after reviewing the license and application page and FAQs, contact the Finance Department at 303-795-3768 or 202-795-3956. Questions regarding enforcement of short-term rental laws should contact the Code Enforcement Division at 303-795-3831. Any questions about zoning restrictions, or difficulties with eTRAKiT should contact the Planning Division at 303-734-8076. All may be reached via email at STR@littletongov.org

4. License Requirements and Restrictions

  • 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
  • STRs are not permitted in 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 

5. Required Documents and Fees

All Short-Term Rental License Applications must include: 

  • A copy of your Colorado Driver's License or Colorado Identification Card
  • Liability Insurance declaration page showing no less than $500,000 of coverage
  • Completed Property Inspection Checklist
  • Proof of Posting Good Neighbor Guest Guidelines in Unit (see page 2 of document)
  • Partially Completed Good Neighbor Owner Handout with List of Addresses for Delivery and Emergency Contact Information that Owner will send out/deliver to neighbors after license number is issued
  • Proof of Ownership
  • For Short -Term Primary Licenses Only: At least two of the following documents are required:
    • Proof of valid motor vehicle registration;
    • Proof of voter registration;
    • Federal or state tax returns or other Finance documentation;
    • A utility bill; or
    • A mortgage statement.
  • $200 License Fee

6. Start your online application

(eTRAKiT Help Guide; see specific STR eTRAKiT How-To Document)

Please Note: Over-the-counter payments are not accepted at this time as city buildings are closed to the public. The application process may take up to four weeks for completion.

 

Once You Have Your License

Owner Requirements

  • Fill in STR business license number at bottom of page and deliver/mail Good Neighbor Owner Handout to adjacent properties
  • Example: 

Good Neighbor Letter Snip

  • Post Good Neighbor Guest Guidelines in a visible place at your property for your guests

Good Neighbor Guidelines Snip

  • STR licensees must complete a STR Owner Inspection Checklist
    • The property owner is required to inspect the property to ensure code compliance and safety for the public. The owner shall use the inspection form provided by the city and submit the completed, signed form for review and approval. The city may inspect the property to verify compliance and if the inspection is refused the license will be denied.  By signing the inspection form, the owner is certifying the property is in compliance with the code.
  • STR Licenses expire annually
    • It is unlawful to advertise or operate a short-term rental with an expired license. Renewal applications must be filed online with Finance Department before a license expires.
  • STR licensees are required to pay taxes and you must submit your required filings on time.
  • STR licensees must maintain liability insurance
    • The liability insurance must be at least $500,000 and covers the use of the property as a short-term rental at all times (or only list the short-term rental through hosting platforms that provide this as part of their service agreement.)

  • Each STR is required to keep their contact information up to date
    • If a licensee or property manager's contact information changes, please contact STR@littletongov.org to start this process through our Finance Department.

  • STRs are required to post their STR License Number on any Advertisements
    • It is unlawful to advertise a short-term rental without the license number clearly displayed on the face of the advertisement. See FAQs for additional information.

 

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