Residential Building & Vacation Rentals

Temporary Moratorium on New Residential Building and Vacation Rental Permits

On May 3, 2022, Aspen City Council approved Ordinance No. 8, Series 2022, an extension to Ordinance No. 6, Series 2022. The extension will expire on August 8, 2022. 

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. 

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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.

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Questions about the Permitting Process

Residential Permitting: Community Development
Bonnie Muhigirwa
Email | 970-309-5119

Vacation Rental Permits: Finance
Email  | Phone: 970-920-5040 
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Communications and Engagement

Jami McMannes
Communications Manager
Email | 970-765-4752
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General Questions about the Moratorium

Ben Anderson
Long Range Principal Planner
Email | 970-429-2765
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Media Inquiries

Phillip Supino
Director, Community Development
Email | 970-319-0833