Short Term Rental Background

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STR Updates:  In 2022, the Town approved Ordinances No. 22-08 and 22-09 in order to:
  • Revise the STR registration and licensing process
  • Apply STR licensing caps
  • Update minimum safety requirements
  • Update and diversify the STR licensing fee structure
  • Modify the boundaries of the Short Term Rental Overlay District by expanding the Town Core where STRs are encouraged
  • Develop new STR license-types to better meet the needs of front desk and time-share property managers, as well as residents and second-homeowners
Current STR license-holders will be asked to re-register their short-term rentals, a process that will include an acknowledgment that the property meets new minimum safety requirements and identification of a responsible party.  The re-registration process is expected to take place beginning in September 2022.  STR license-holders as well as residents in the STR Overlay will receive official communication from the Community Development department with support resources to help with re-registration. These updates will provide the Avon community greater insight concerning the impacts of STRs, and allow for continued improvements to STR management in the Town.

Why is Avon Updating STR Policies?: In 2021, Town of Avon adopted the 
Community Housing Plan (2021). The Plan includes specific goals to Grow the inventory of homeownership opportunities for households making the equivalent of 140% of less of the Area Median Income ("AMI"), Stabilize or increase the percentage of owner-occupied year-round residents, and Stabilize or increase the percentage of Qualified Employees residing in Avon. 

In order to achieve housing goals and build housing inventory, the Town has led several projects and initiatives including:
  • The Mi Casa deed restriction home purchase program
  • Town-sponsored rental projects
  • A Community Housing Fund
  • Community Housing mitigation requirements for new development
  • A county-wide land inventory to identify areas suitable for new residential development
Additionally, the Plan reports that evaluating Short Term Rentals and their impacts to housing inventory is a "top priority" and includes recommendations for:
  • Evaluation of properties which operate as a condo-hotel or timeshare; have traditionally hosted Short Term Rentals; provide amenities that are visitor oriented; or are in close proximity to Avon’s commercial core
  • Evaluation of residential properties that have traditionally not had a significant number of Short Term Rental licenses or units; or are in proximity to community anchors, such as the Avon elementary school, which are more oriented for full-time resident use
  • Reconsideration of the existing boundaries of the Short Term Rental Overlay District
  • Consideration of a second tier Short Term Rental Overlay that requires owner occupancy of the residence while allowing Short Term Rental of a portion of the residence to defray housing costs
  • Consideration of minimum standards for operation and maintenance of Short Term Rental units
  • Review of Short Term Rental regulations adopted by other mountain resort communities, including a cap on license

Carbon Monoxide Safety

The Town of Avon reminds owners of rental properties that carbon monoxide alarms are required by law. 

In 2009, the State of Colorado passed a law requiring homeowners and owners of rental properties to install and keep operational carbon monoxide alarms near the bedrooms in every home that is heated with fossil fuel, has a fuel-fired appliance, has a fireplace, or has an attached garage. 

This law applies to single family homes, multi-family homes, homes that are owned and inhabited by the owner and homes that are rented. 

How does this law affect owners of rental property?
For any home, single family unit or multi-family dwelling, used for rental purposes, this law requires that an operational carbon monoxide alarm be installed within 15 feet of the entrance to each bedroom. 

What is a carbon monoxide alarm?
Carbon monoxide alarm may be similar in size and shape to a smoke detector. A carbon monoxide alarm constantly samples that air, monitors for the presence of carbon monoxide and sounds an alarm when carbon monoxide is detected at dangerous levels. 

How should a carbon monoxide alarm be installed?
According to law, carbon monoxide alarms must be installed either by being wired directly into the home’s electrical system, directly plugged into an electrical outlet or battery powered attached to the wall or ceiling.

Where should carbon monoxide alarms be installed?
Colorado law requires that an operational carbon monoxide alarm be installed within 15 feet of the entrance to each bedroom or in any location otherwise specified by building code. 

Where can carbon monoxide alarms be purchased?
Carbon monoxide alarms can be purchased from local home improvement stores.

Contact: Town of Avon Building Official, Derek Place, (970) 748-4011