Short-term rentals to open June 1, pending state executive order |

Short-term rentals to open June 1, pending state executive order

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with more information about the status of short-term rentals across Colorado.

According a number of area officials, the state of Colorado will allow short-term rentals to open starting Monday, June 1. 

Julie Sutor, county communications director, said the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment told the county Thursday evening that the state plans to open short-term rentals statewide effective June 1. Sutor said an announcement from the state is forthcoming.

On May 15, Summit County requested a variance from Gov. Jared Polis’ safer-at-home order to open restaurants and short-term rentals. That request was later denied based on the county’s case data. However, some county officials have expressed frustration over the denial, as there were inconsistencies found in the data used by the state to deny the order.

At Wednesday’s joint Board of Health and Board of County Commissioners meeting, County Manager Scott Vargo mentioned the June 1 opening date as well.

“The idea of the governor making an announcement on June the first, which may be that we’re going to lift the restriction on short-term rentals, doesn’t do us any good for the folks that have bookings on June 1,” Vargo said. “We need to know that information now.”

Breckenridge Mayor Eric Mamula shared excitement about the announcement on a Facebook live stream Friday afternoon.

“Some great news today, the governor decided that short-term lodging can open up on June 1,” Mamula said. 

With no signed order yet, there are no official details on what the opening will look like or what special measures might be required of short-term rental operators. Earlier this week, county Communications Director Julie Sutor said the county will defer to whichever order is most restrictive when there is a final word from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 

In its variance request, the county outlined a number of rules and regulations for the short term rentals. Some of those guidelines include a recommendation of 72 hours between each booking, required signage and education materials about Summit County’s public health rules and a requirement that owners and managers follow Centers for Disease Control recommendations. 

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