Lodging/Short-Term Rental

Short-term Rental Registration

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Summit County Public Health Order bans all short term rentals through May 31st.  This includes hotels, Airbnb & VRBO listings.  Anyone found violating this order during this time will face up to a $5,000 fine or up to 18 months in jail.  Please use the link on our home page for all the latest information on Summit County's response, declarations and orders.

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

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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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Summit County Public Health Order 4-17-2020

Summit County Issues Amended Public Health Order

The prohibition on short-term lodging is extended to May 31 to continue COVID-19 mitigation

Contact: 970-668-9730

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County issued an amended public health order Thursday, extending the prohibition on short-term lodging through May 31. The amendment aligns with guidance from the State of Colorado that a stabilization period will require continued social distancing measures in the months ahead. The amended order will take effect at 12 noon, Friday, April 17.

“We’re simply not ready to welcome our visitors back to Summit County yet," Summit County Public Health Director Amy Wineland said. “Our community has been under some extremely severe restrictions, and we’ve been successful in establishing good social distancing. We don’t want all our hard work and sacrifice to be wasted by throwing our doors open and inviting in a new wave of infection.”

All lodging businesses, including hotels, motels, timeshares and short-term rentals (e.g., Airbnb, VRBO) are required to be closed, except to members of the local workforce using lodging units as residences. All lodging businesses are prohibited from taking any new reservations for dates sooner than June 1.

Owners of short-term rentals must block out their online reservation calendars on all relevant platforms through May 31, 2020, in order to avoid inadvertently taking reservations for stays that would occur during the prohibited period.

As under the previous order, which largely mirrors restrictions in the state public health order, most retail businesses are not allowed to be open to the public, except for the delivery or curbside pickup of goods. Essential goods and services, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, liquor stores, banks, marijuana dispensaries and hardware stores are exempt from the closure order. Hair and nail salons, spas, body art establishments (e.g., tattoos and piercings) and massage establishments are deemed non-essential and must remain closed. The order also identifies laundromats and communications services providers, such as mobile phone retailers, as essential.

The Summit County order contains restrictions on child care and transportation that are more restrictive than the state’s. The local order prohibits the operation of all transportation services, including public transit, shuttles, taxis and ride share services. Child care providers are only permitted to provide services to critical workers, as defined in the state order.

All dine-in activity in all restaurants, bars and cafeterias in Summit County remains prohibited. Restaurants will continue to be allowed to provide delivery and take-out options. The order allows restaurants and bars to deliver alcohol, in accordance will all applicable state and local laws; it also provides for take-out lines of up to five people indoors, as long as they are able to maintain interpersonal distances of at least 6 feet. However, Summit County Public Health encourages establishments to restrict carry-out lines to outdoor areas where possible.

Summit County Public Health strongly recommends that all patrons make payment transactions, including tips, electronically over the phone or online during the ordering process. Officials are discouraging the exchange of credit cards, cash or checks during any pickups or deliveries.

Should the State of Colorado enact public health orders that are more restrictive than the most recent Summit County order, the state regulations would prevail. All these changes are effective until further notice, when Summit County Public Health has determined that this degree of social distancing is no longer required.

The Summit County Department of Human Services is providing support to community members who need assistance with food, medication, housing, transportation and other basic needs. Anyone who needs help meeting basic needs should call 970-668-2940 or 970-668-2942.