Silverthorne passes Summit County’s strictest rules on short-term rentals |

Silverthorne passes Summit County’s strictest rules on short-term rentals

Silverthorne is shown in this photo taken on Angler Mountain. The town is a popular tourist destination, and elected officials voted 6-0 Wednesday in favor of a series of new regulations for the short-term rentals. The proposal must pass again on second reading.
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Silverthorne Town Council has passed what could be the strictest set of short-term rental regulations yet in Summit County, favoring a 30-minute window to address overnight complaints and occupancy limits Wednesday night on first reading.

Passed 6-0, Silverthorne’s new rules for short-term rentals would give “a responsible agent” one hour to address complaints phoned into a countywide call center, unless a complaint comes in between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. In that case, the agent will have only 30 minutes to resolve the underlying issue for the complaint. The rules will need to be passed on second reading before they can be enacted.

The occupancy caps, which council also supported Wednesday, would be based on the number of bedrooms inside a home. The count would come from information on file at the Summit County Assessor’s Office, and each short-term rental would allowed to house no more than two guests per bedroom, plus two. A four-bedroom house being used as a short-term rental, for example, would be allowed a maximum of 10 staying guests on any given night.

In addition to the occupancy limits, a new fee structure will also be based on bedroom counts. Aside from clearly spelling out exactly how bedrooms will be counted, town manager Ryan Hyland doesn’t expect any significant changes to the proposed rules between first reading and second, which is expected to happen Oct. 24 at the next council meeting.

Breckenridge recently updated its rules regarding short-term rentals but its officials were unwilling to impose caps and left the mandated response time at one hour at all times.

With the exception of two men, both of whom were representing the same company, no one offered any public comments on the proposed ordinance at Wednesday’s council meeting. Hyland took that as a good sign.

“I’m hoping that means people are feeling like we’ve landed on something that’s fair for everybody,” he said.

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