Residential Building & Vacation Rentals
Temporary Moratorium on New Residential Building and Vacation Rental Permits
In December 2021, Aspen City Council approved Ordinance No. 27, Series 2021, a temporary moratorium on the acceptance of any new land use application seeking a development order or notice of approval; on the acceptance of certain building permit applications for all residential uses in all zone districts within Aspen city limits; and the issuance of new vacation rental permits. While Ordinance No. 27, Series 2021, was lifted on March 11, 2022, Aspen City Council approved Ordinance 6, Series 2022, on March 15, 2022, reinstating a temporary moratorium on the acceptance of new residential land use applications and on certain residential building applications.
Also in December 2021, Aspen City Council approved Ordinance No. 26, Series 2021, a temporary moratorium on the issuance of new vacation rental permits (also known as short-term rental permits).
Ordinance No. 8, Series 2022, has no effect on Ordinance No. 26, Series 2021. The temporary moratorium on the issuance of short-term rental (STR) permits is still in effect and is scheduled to extend until September 30, 2022.
Aspen City Council instituted the moratoria to allow for a period to evaluate current and future residential community development in Aspen. This pause grants Aspen City Council the space to fully consider the impacts development is having on the health, peace, safety, and general wellbeing of the residents and visitors of this community.
City of Aspen staff coordinated extensive public outreach and this input is being used to help inform their recommendations to Council about a new ordinance(s) regarding vacation rental and residential building permits. To keep informed about this process and/or get involved, visit Aspen Community Voice.
- What does it mean to put a moratorium on residential building and vacation rental permits?
- What do the moratoria affect?
- When do the moratoria end?
- What’s the difference between a vacation rental and a short-term rental?
- I have a vacation rental permit that was issued before December 8, 2021. Am I still allowed to rent out my vacation rental?
- Am I allowed to rent out my home as a vacation rental under the moratorium?
- What’s the difference between a vacation rental and a long-term rental?
- May I still apply for a vacation rental permit?
- What’s the difference between a vacation rental and a lodging rental?
We’re here to help! Feel free to contact us with questions and for more information.
Questions about the Permitting Process
Residential Permitting: Community Development
Email | Phone: 970-920-5040
Communications and EngagementJami McMannes
Email | 970-765-4752
General Questions about the MoratoriumBen Anderson
Long Range Principal Planner
Email | 970-429-2765
Media InquiriesPhillip Supino
Director, Community Development
Email | 970-319-0833