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New Short-term Rental Regulations Become Effective Thursday, March 1

  • 28 February 2018

The Town of Vail’s new short-term rental regulations become effective on Thursday, March 1. The regulations were approved in December with a delayed implementation date to allow for property owners and managers to prepare for the changes and to create an administrative tracking and complaint system managed by the town.

Key provisions of the adopted requirements include:

  • Short-term rental license required for each property to be renewed annually by owner; online application is available at
  • Courtesy notification of a duplex neighbors’ intent to short-term rent the adjoining unit
  • Acknowledgment of town life-safety, noise and parking regulations
  • Local property contact for emergency response
  • Posting of the rental’s physical address and other contact information within the interior of the rental unit

Informational meetings to help guide property owners and property managers through the steps needed to comply with new requirements for short-term rentals in Vail were hosted by the town in February. Click here to view one of the sessions recorded by High 5 Access Media. 

Short-term rental properties in Vail are defined as any rental less than 30 consecutive days. The new regulations approved unanimously by the Town Council include a self-compliance affidavit, “good neighbor” guidelines, complaint resolution requirements, sales tax remittance and a process for revocation of a license based upon three or more verified violations within a 12-month period.

Along with enactment of the new regulations on March 1, Vail will be activating a hotline that will be available for community members to direct their complaints or concerns to a dedicated call center on a 24/7 basis. The hotline number is 970-331-0632, while concerns may also be submitted online at These outlets are being promoted as an alternative to calling the police department’s non-emergency number or 911 for issues such as parking, noise or trash. 

For additional details about the new requirements or to sign up for Vail’s short-term rental newsletter, visit the town’s website at



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