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Short Term Rentals

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The City of Longmont requires an annual permit and inspections for short term rentals to ensure that rentals comply with building occupancy and life safety requirements and do not create nuisances for the surrounding neighborhood.

A short term rental is a rental for fewer than 30 days of an entire dwelling or of individual rooms in an owner-occupied dwelling, such as those through Airbnb, VRBO, etc.

All short term rentals in Longmont require a short term rental permit and a sales and use tax license. Existing short term rentals are not exempt, and unlicensed short term rentals are subject to code enforcement.  

You can apply for a short term rental permit online or in person at the Development Services Center (385 Kimbark Street).

Your next steps:

To check the status of your application(s), visit ACA (ACA Searching Records Guide).

*Accela Citizen Access (ACA) - The City of Longmont uses Accela Citizens Access (ACA) for online licensing, permitting, and inspections. The Accela system is created and produced by Accela. The City of Longmont maintains and customizes the program for public use.

Questions? Call us at (303) 651-8357 or email us at

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Are inspections required to get or renew a permit?

  • Can accessory dwellings units be used for short term rentals?

  • Can I operate a short term rental if it is not my primary residence?

  • How do I get a short term rental permit?

  • How much does the permit cost?

  • How often do I need to renew my permit, and how do I renew?

  • How will I know if conditional use approval is required for me to get a permit?

  • If conditional use approval is required for my short term rental, how do I get it?

  • Is there a limit on the number of short term rentals allowed in the City?

  • What are the penalties of not getting a permit?

  • What are you looking for during an inspection?

  • What taxes do I need to pay on a short term rental?

  • Where are short term rentals allowed?

  • Where can I apply for a short term rental permit?

  • Who can apply for a short term rental permit?

  • Why do I need a permit to operate a short term rental?

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