Short-term Rentals

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Short-term Rental License Now Available

Residents may now apply for a license to rent a home for short stays (less than 30 days). Learn more about the new rules and application process here: https://lafayetteco.gov/3959/Short-Term-Rentals

Have questions? Please reach out to staff via email or phone or book a meeting directly by selecting a date and time through our online scheduler.

Summary of New Regulations

After a year of community engagement and analysis, City Council approved new regulations for short-term rentals on Sept. 5, 2023. Short-term rentals are generally defined as the rental of a dwelling unit (or a portion thereof) for guest housing for a period of less than 30 days. The new rules establish both zoning regulations and a licensing process for short-term rentals that place certain limitations aimed at minimizing impacts on the local housing supply and to the surrounding neighborhood. The ordinance may be found in the document library to the right.

  • Location: Allows short-term rentals as an accessory use to residential dwellings, which include all zone districts except the Industrial, Development Resource, and Public districts.
  • Delayed Start for Licenses: Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, each short-term rental is required to obtain a Short-term Rental and a Sales and Use Tax license. Licenses are valid for a period of two years.
  • Primary Residence: The property being offered as a short-term rental must be the operator’s primary residence (i.e., where they live throughout the year – not a second home); they do not need to be physical at the property while it is being rented.
  • Accessory Dwelling Units: On lots where there is both a single-family dwelling unit and an accessory dwelling unit, short-term rentals are allowed in either dwelling unit. However, a person cannot live in the accessory dwelling unit as their primary residence while renting the primary home as a short-term rental on a full-time basis.
  • Primary Manager Contact: A person locally available (or within a reasonable drive) is required to field calls 24 hours a day.
  • Occupancy: The maximum number of guests allowed within a short-term rental is limited to two persons per bedroom, plus two persons.
  • Internal Posting: Internal signage is required and must include the license number, the local responsible party’s contact information, and the physical address of the short-term rental.
  • Safety Inspection. A basic life safety inspection is required when obtaining a license. The inspection will confirm that the rental includes smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, etc.
  • Advertising: City of Lafayette license number must be included in all advertisements.
  • Signage: The short-term rental may display one non-illuminated wall or window sign that is up to 1 ½ square feet.
  • Parking. Guest parking must be on-site, though a maximum of two vehicles are allowed off-site if there was no on-site parking available.
  • No Simultaneous Rental: Short-term rentals cannot include simultaneous rental to more than one party under separate contracts. This is intended to prevent more than one short-term rental contract from operating within the same dwelling unit at the same time.

Key Meetings

  • July 26, 2023: The Lafayette Planning Commission voted (4-0) to recommend approval of the proposed ordinance, with two additional recommendations:
    • City Council extend the effective date of the ordinance to six months after the date of passage of the ordinance on second reading; and
    • City Council specifically consider the definition of “primary residence” in Section 3 of the ordinance and related provisions concerning compliance and enforcement.
  • Aug. 15, 2023: City Council held a public hearing and approved the proposed ordinance on First Reading. Council opted to approve the ordinance without changes, such as those recommended by the Planning Commission.
  • Sept. 5, 2023: City Council approved the proposed ordinance on Second Reading. The regulations take effect on Jan. 1, 2024.

Why did the City consider regulations for short-term rentals?

  • Short-term rentals are prohibited in the City’s zoning regulations, though there are over 100 rentals currently operating.
  • The City periodically receives complaints from neighbors near short-term rentals about parking, noise, and maintenance of the rentals, and from current rental operators and potential investors about the current prohibition.
  • Locations of short-term rentals are constantly changing and maintaining up-to-date information on this activity remains a challenge.
  • City sales tax and City lodging tax are not being remitted by short-term rentals in some cases.

What questions was this project intended to answer?

  • Regulations: What rules are needed to ensure that short-term rentals don’t negatively impact Lafayette’s housing affordability and minimize impacts on surrounding residential properties?
  • Licenses and Taxes: How do we ensure that all rentals are permitted and paying taxes?
  • Administration and Enforcement: What systems are needed to implement the new rules?

How can I get involved?

Thanks to everyone who participated in the project so far! We have summarized what we've heard in an updated briefing book that can be found in the document library to the right.

Short-term Rental License Now Available

Residents may now apply for a license to rent a home for short stays (less than 30 days). Learn more about the new rules and application process here: https://lafayetteco.gov/3959/Short-Term-Rentals

Have questions? Please reach out to staff via email or phone or book a meeting directly by selecting a date and time through our online scheduler.

Summary of New Regulations

After a year of community engagement and analysis, City Council approved new regulations for short-term rentals on Sept. 5, 2023. Short-term rentals are generally defined as the rental of a dwelling unit (or a portion thereof) for guest housing for a period of less than 30 days. The new rules establish both zoning regulations and a licensing process for short-term rentals that place certain limitations aimed at minimizing impacts on the local housing supply and to the surrounding neighborhood. The ordinance may be found in the document library to the right.

  • Location: Allows short-term rentals as an accessory use to residential dwellings, which include all zone districts except the Industrial, Development Resource, and Public districts.
  • Delayed Start for Licenses: Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, each short-term rental is required to obtain a Short-term Rental and a Sales and Use Tax license. Licenses are valid for a period of two years.
  • Primary Residence: The property being offered as a short-term rental must be the operator’s primary residence (i.e., where they live throughout the year – not a second home); they do not need to be physical at the property while it is being rented.
  • Accessory Dwelling Units: On lots where there is both a single-family dwelling unit and an accessory dwelling unit, short-term rentals are allowed in either dwelling unit. However, a person cannot live in the accessory dwelling unit as their primary residence while renting the primary home as a short-term rental on a full-time basis.
  • Primary Manager Contact: A person locally available (or within a reasonable drive) is required to field calls 24 hours a day.
  • Occupancy: The maximum number of guests allowed within a short-term rental is limited to two persons per bedroom, plus two persons.
  • Internal Posting: Internal signage is required and must include the license number, the local responsible party’s contact information, and the physical address of the short-term rental.
  • Safety Inspection. A basic life safety inspection is required when obtaining a license. The inspection will confirm that the rental includes smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, etc.
  • Advertising: City of Lafayette license number must be included in all advertisements.
  • Signage: The short-term rental may display one non-illuminated wall or window sign that is up to 1 ½ square feet.
  • Parking. Guest parking must be on-site, though a maximum of two vehicles are allowed off-site if there was no on-site parking available.
  • No Simultaneous Rental: Short-term rentals cannot include simultaneous rental to more than one party under separate contracts. This is intended to prevent more than one short-term rental contract from operating within the same dwelling unit at the same time.

Key Meetings

  • July 26, 2023: The Lafayette Planning Commission voted (4-0) to recommend approval of the proposed ordinance, with two additional recommendations:
    • City Council extend the effective date of the ordinance to six months after the date of passage of the ordinance on second reading; and
    • City Council specifically consider the definition of “primary residence” in Section 3 of the ordinance and related provisions concerning compliance and enforcement.
  • Aug. 15, 2023: City Council held a public hearing and approved the proposed ordinance on First Reading. Council opted to approve the ordinance without changes, such as those recommended by the Planning Commission.
  • Sept. 5, 2023: City Council approved the proposed ordinance on Second Reading. The regulations take effect on Jan. 1, 2024.

Why did the City consider regulations for short-term rentals?

  • Short-term rentals are prohibited in the City’s zoning regulations, though there are over 100 rentals currently operating.
  • The City periodically receives complaints from neighbors near short-term rentals about parking, noise, and maintenance of the rentals, and from current rental operators and potential investors about the current prohibition.
  • Locations of short-term rentals are constantly changing and maintaining up-to-date information on this activity remains a challenge.
  • City sales tax and City lodging tax are not being remitted by short-term rentals in some cases.

What questions was this project intended to answer?

  • Regulations: What rules are needed to ensure that short-term rentals don’t negatively impact Lafayette’s housing affordability and minimize impacts on surrounding residential properties?
  • Licenses and Taxes: How do we ensure that all rentals are permitted and paying taxes?
  • Administration and Enforcement: What systems are needed to implement the new rules?

How can I get involved?

Thanks to everyone who participated in the project so far! We have summarized what we've heard in an updated briefing book that can be found in the document library to the right.

Stories and Ideas

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    Short term rentals are breaking apart the fabric of our community

    by lbuzek, 10 months ago

    I've lived in Lafayette for the last five years. My husband and I bought a house in old town, hoping to raise our family here. We have a two year old now. It is a truly lovely neighborhood that I am happy to share with tourists, because I understand the draw, but there is a limit to that. I have watched 5 residences within half a block of my home - including our next door neighbor - turn into short term rentals.


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    Other things to consider

    by Molly, over 1 year ago
    I noticed in the video that the occupants of short term rentals were defined as "people/families on vacation".


    Also to be included are professionals traveling for business or who have a short term assignment.

    The occupancy data gathered was in the last year during a continuing "pandemic" which had a large impact on the short term rental market. Therefore, it is misleading to conclude that STRs are vacant the majority of the time.


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    ST is better than LT rentals

    by cofox, over 1 year ago

    Because STRs are reviewed by users, the owners have a much greater incentive to keep the property looking nice, the quests in check, and the neighbors happy. This is not the case with LTR. Our neighbor has rented their house out and now lives out of state. The tenant is responsible for maintaining the lawn so you can imagine how that's going. The point is, that the property will be better maintained when there is an active vested interest in it. Owner occupied and STRs have vested interests. LTRs only get vested when there is turnover.

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    STRs concerns in Multi-Family housing and % of STRs how to control

    by Kristen Pettersen, almost 2 years ago
    I purchased a Duplex, the area I live in has a combination of single family homes, duplexes and townhouses. It is a densely populated area due to the number of over all units within the area.


    I feel STRs will devalue the property I worked hard to purchase, own and maintain.

    I currently have long term renters in the duplex next to me and have struggled even with this. 4 individuals rent the same residence and have different leases - short term and long term. The change over is very frequent and I don't know who is next door. The... Continue reading

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    Short Term Rentals in Condos and Townhomes present different challenges.

    by MarkJ, almost 2 years ago

    Short term rentaIs in a townhome or condo complex have challenges that free standing homes or ADUs do not have. For example, a free standing home can adjust trash capacity by procuring larger capacity bins to accomodate more people on the propery. Free standing homes are also water metered separtely so that they account for all additinal water used.

    However, in a condo or townhome complex that is not the case. The complex that I live and own in is a small complex and we have had short term rentals. We share a common trash system and the units do... Continue reading

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    Short Term rentals hit close to home for us.

    by JJMtjoy, about 2 years ago

    We are writing to share our input in regards to short term rentals here in Lafayette which hits very close to home for us!

    We are both Colorado natives and Self-Employed. When we married in 2004 we rented a tiny home in old town Louisville. After years of working and saving we were so excited when we were finally able to purchase our first home in Lafayette in 2013. It was a short sale and we put all our hearts into fixing up the home that was sadly neglected and miss treated. It is beautiful now!

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    Single Mom of Three: My STR *IS* My Affordable Housing

    by JennCiplet, about 2 years ago

    When I got divorced in 2018-19, I had 3 kids in elementary school in Louisville and NO IDEA how I could afford - as a single mama - to live anywhere near to their home school. Their school was the one stable thing for them at the time of my divorce. My kids and I moved twice (two different 1-2 bedroom apartments in Denver and then Louisville) between 2019 and the fall of 2020. In October 2020 I was finally able to buy my home in Lafayette (Yay, yippie, yahoo!).

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    Airbnb Hosting Success

    by dosborne, about 2 years ago

    As a long time resident of Lafayette and recently retired, having converted part of my home to an Airbnb (max 3 visitors at one time) that enables me to be financially stable and remain in my home, otherwise I’d have to sell and move. On 1/8/2020 the City of Lafayette provided me with a Sales Tax License #007874 for Accommodation/Lodging. Airbnb provides Hosts like myself $1 million damage protection and $1 million in Host liability insurance. This includes income loss protection, pet damage, deep cleaning. I have never had to file a claim with Airbnb and always had wonderful guests... Continue reading

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