Officials set limits on vacation rentals in and around Estes Park
estes park» The issue has been finally settled: Vacation rentals in Estes Park town limits and the unincorporated valley in Larimer County will now have consistent regulations and caps.
After years of research, collecting feedback and meetings, the Board of Larimer County Commissioners and the Estes Park Board of Trustees reached a consensus at a meeting late last week on new land use policies for vacation rentals.
They include a 588-unit cap on vacation rentals within residential zoning areas and an occupancy limit of eight people, unless permission is granted through a special review. Some of the other provisions in the jointly-approved code include:
• All vacation rentals be registered annually. Operators in all zoning districts must register or renew by March 31.
• Each vacation home must pass an initial inspection and have a valid certification of occupancy.
• A local representative in the Estes Valley must be designated when a vacation home is rented to respond to complaints from neighbors and reports of alleged violations.
• A written notice must be mailed to neighbors before an operator obtains the annual operating registration.
• Owners of the home can’t stay in the vacation rental with the renters, and all occupants have to be registered by name.
Mark Newman stands inside his vacation rental in Estes Park in 2015. Helen H. Richardson, Denver Post file