Lodging/Short-Term Rental

Safer At Home-Short-Term Rental Guidelines

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  • Provide hand sanitizer and/or soap and water that is easily accessible to guests upon arrival and during their stay. 
  • Provide cleaning and/or disinfecting products for guests to use, along with instructions.
  • In alignment with the CDC Guidelines, wait 24 hours before entering the property for cleaning. If 24 hours is not feasible, wait as long as possible. 
  • Remove shared soft objects that are difficult to regularly clean if possible (i.e. extra throw blankets, decorative pillows, or other soft objects).

Owners are responsible for ensuring that the property is properly cleaned and sanitized between guests. Consider the following:

  • Create a thorough cleaning checklist for each property to help ensure completion and keep records.
  • If guests clean the property themselves, implement additional disinfection afterward.
  • Follow, or if contracting with a cleaning service ensure that they are following, CDC Disinfecting Guidelines.
  • Wear/provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for people who are cleaning.
  • Prevent cross-contamination by using specific equipment in specific areas (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen).
  • Ventilate the property during and after cleaning.
  • All shared linens, blankets, cloth napkins, and other fabric items must be washed between guests.


  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance, and wear a face covering during any interactions with guests, staff, local community (i.e. check in/out).
  • Consider minimizing these interactions by implementing no-contact check-in procedures.
  • Avoid scheduling back-to-back stays (schedule at least 24 hours between guests) to ensure time for proper cleaning and disinfecting. **Summit County Protocols recommend 72 hours between bookings. In addition it is recommended that housekeeping staff not enter the home until 24 hours after departure.**
  • Provide generous and flexible cancellation policies so that if guests start experiencing symptoms, they can cancel.
  • Ensure guests are not present at the time of any maintenance or cleaning.
  • Routinely check data and guidance in the counties and communities where you own property. Defer to any local guidelines restricting or prohibiting travel for out-of-state or out-of-community guests, and promptly adjust reservations accordingly.
  • Clearly communicate with guests regarding your cleaning and disinfecting steps.
  • Notify guests that it is standard in Colorado to wear cloth masks in public – consider providing clean masks for guests.
  • Collect all guests’ contact information and be prepared to support local public health contact tracing efforts if exposures occur.


  • Guests are encouraged to take their shoes off when entering the property.
  • Guests should wash their hands frequently with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer.
  • Guests should wear cloth face coverings in public throughout Colorado. It may be required in some communities.
  • Guests should maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet from people not in their group/ household while in Colorado.
  • Guests must cancel their stay if they are sick or have been in close contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 symptoms in the 14 days before their stay.

Additional Minimum Requirements by Summit County Public Health:

  1. Discontinue housekeeping services during guest stays to prevent transmission between rooms.
  2. Between guests include a complete change of towels, linens, pillow coverings, and guest consumable items.
  3. Ensure all hard surfaces and high-touch areas are completely disinfected with an EPA-registered chemical disinfectant when cleaning guest rooms.
  4. Consider providing guests with their own sanitation solutions, as may be available. Such wipes could alternatively be made available to the customer for purchase during check in process.
  5. Endeavor to wait at least 24 hours before allowing any staff into any recently occupied unit a hotel style room, or dwelling unit.
  6. It is recommended that lodgers provide for a least 72 hours between rental.

Short-term Rental Registration

Short Term Rental Registration/Guidelines

Renting in Blue River

Homeowners who wish to short term rent (less than 30 days) their home or condo are required to obtain a Lodging (Short-term rental) License with the Town of Blue River.  The Lodging License is $200 the first year and $150 annually due on January 1st.

In addition to the the Lodging License, a tax of 12.275% is required to be collected.  A breakdown is available below.  Please note if you use Airbnb, VRBO or Homeaway.  These companies WILL NOT collect the 3.4% Lodging Tax that MUST be remitted to the Town of Blue River.  In addition, when you are setting up your account with them or if you have an existing account, please check that your listing states BLUE RIVER and not Breckenridge.  If Airbnb or VRBO/Homeaway state that they are collecting the tax on your behalf, please ensure they are collecting 8.875% and that it is remitted to the State of Colorado.  Ultimately, the homeowner is responsible for all taxes.

Lodging Taxes: 12.275%

  • To be remitted to the State of Colorado: 8.875%
    • Blue River Sales Tax: 2.5%; 2.9% State sales tax, 2.0% Summit County sales tax, 0.75% County mass transit tax (Summit Stage), 0.725% Special District sales tax (Summit Housing Authority). 
  • To be remitted to the Town of Blue River: 3.4% Lodging Tax

The Lodging Tax Return must be filed regardless of whether any income was generated and remittance forms are due by the 20th of the month following the end of the reporting period. You mayuse the Lodging Tax Coupon .pdf below or file online. To file a Zero Tax File email michelle@townofblueriver.org.


    Short-term Tax Submittal

    A reminder to either mail in payment or use the Pay Online tab to remit your tax.
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    General Rental Rules

    Short-term Rental Regulations

    *Note these are Town Code Regulations and apply to all properties**

    • Occupancy: Occupancy of any home is limited to 2 people per bedroom.  Loft areas are allowed sleeping area for 2 people.
    • Trash: Trash may not be placed outside prior to trash day and must be pulled back by 6:00 p.m.
    • Parking: Parking is not allowed on Town Roads.  There may be no more than 5 vehicles of any kind at your home.  All vehicles must be parked in the driveway or a designated parking space.
    • Noise: Quiet hours are 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.  Please be courteous to the surround neighborhood and residents.
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    Short Term COVID-19 Rental Regulations

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