Short Term Rentals

CLICK HERE for details on Short Term Rental Eligibility, Compliance, and Contact Information.

STR Updates:  
In 2021, residents, Town Council and Town Staff designed and published 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 licenses
Without question, the Town supports STRs and recognizes that STRs are an essential part of the Avon experience: they provide our visitors with high-quality lodging options and help support local businesses with tourism revenue.  Additionally, STRs enhance income and create housing stability for our residents who offer them. 

STR policies and regulations remain largely unchanged since 2009 however, the number of STR applications has increased in recent years.  The Town has acknowledged that the $75 licensing fee does not offset costs to license, manage, and evaluate STRs, nor does it address how STRs impact the community and its housing goals.

In 2022, the Town has identified immediate goals to:
  • Revise the STR registration and licensing process
  • 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
  • Incorporate considerations for owner-occupancy requirements
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. 

CLICK HERE to view Ordinance No. 22-08.

Town Council, Town Staff, and members of the community will continue with second reading of Ordinance No. 22-08, and first reading of Ordinance No. 22-09, which apply new regulations for STRs, at the Town Council meeting on July 26, 2022.  Avon residents are strongly encouraged to view previous dialogue from Town Council meeting recordings from April 12, 2022, April 26, 2022, May 24, 2022, and June 14, 2022 and join the conversation concerning STRs.  Individuals can submit their comments and questions to Council via email to STR@avon.org, and any communication sent by July 20, 2022 will be included in the Council meeting packet.  Community members can join the meeting virtually or in-person as well.  Town Council meeting recordings, packets and agendas, and dates and times for future meetings are all available at: www.avon.org/141/Avon-Town-Council.
 

Current STR Policies and Regulations: Town of Avon Ordinances 09-12 and 17-18 makes short-term rentals legal within most of the valley area through an overlay zone district. This overlay zone district only applies to properties zoned with a standard zone district and does not apply to any property zoned Planned Unit Development (PUD). The following properties zoned PUD permit short term rentals:
  • Brookside Park
  • Canyon Run
  • Chapel Square
  • Chateau St. Claire (The Ascent)
  • Falcon Pointe
  • Lakeside Terrace
  • Lot C (Sheraton Mountain Vista)
  • Riverfront Subdivision (Westin)
  • Stonebridge Cluster Homes
For properties where short-term rentals are allowed they must obtain a sales tax license through the Town of Avon and submit all applicable taxes to the Town of Avon. Properties found short term renting without submitting appropriate sales and accommodation taxes will be responsible to pay back taxes, penalties, interest and additional fines.

For more information on obtaining a sales tax license and remitting taxes, please contact salestax@avon.org or (970) 748-4019. 

In order for short term rentals to be allowable in the excluded areas, property owners need to apply for a PUD amendment to include short-term rentals as an allowable use. 

For more information on the PUD amendment process, please contact Community Development at (970) 748-4030. 





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 
Source: Colorado.gov