Short-Term Rental Operations

Subject: POSTPONED May 19 Vacation Rental Public Input Meeting #2

Based on discussions with CONO and the City’s evolving response to Covid-19, the decision has been made to POSTPONE the March 19 public input session on potential changes to the Short Term Rental regulations. A new date will be announced as soon as it is scheduled.

In the interim, we are looking at ways to continue to provide opportunities for citizen comments and feedback. We will be working with CONO to develop an online survey that will provide information and ask for comments - similar to what we hoped to accomplish at the public meeting. Please watch for your invitation to participate in the survey.

You don’t have to wait for a meeting or a survey to provide comments, concerns, or questions about the City’s Short Term Rental regulations. Please email planningdept@comsgov.com, or mail or drop off written comments at the Planning Department, 606 Manitou Avenue.

Thank you for your interest in and input regarding potential revisions to Manitou Springs’ Short Term Rental regulations.

 Short Term Rental Public Engagement Workgroup - Barb Bunn, Mike Casey, Karen Cullen, Alan Delwiche, Chris Dwyer, Annie Schmitt, Coreen Toll, Stacie Vance

 Planning Staff – Christine Lowenberg, Planning Director and Michelle Anthony, Senior Planner

 CONO – Richard Strasbaugh and Max Cupp

Short Term Rental Regulation Revisions - Update

Upcoming Short Term Rental Community Meeting: March 19, 2020 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in Memorial Hall (606 Manitou Avenue)

The City of Manitou Springs adopted Short-Term (Vacation) Rental regulations in June 2016. In late 2018, the Planning Department recommended minor changes to the regulations to Planning Commission, who recommended the revisions to City Council. At the meeting where those revisions were being considered, City Council members determined there was potential interest by community members in additional changes to the regulations. So they did not act on the proposal and directed the Planning Department to convene a public engagement workgroup and hold public meetings to get input and ideas on what potential changes the community wanted to see to the regulations.

The Planning Department, assisted by a workgroup made up of community members and representatives of the Council of Neighborhood Organizations (CONO), held a public input meeting in November 2019 seeking ideas for potential changes to the City’s current short-term rental regulations. That meeting was well-attended by vacation rental operators, property owners interested in operating vacation rentals, residents, and other, interested parties. Please see the notes from that meeting here showing the comments and suggestions from the attendees.

Unfortunately, the Planning Department experienced staff turnover at the beginning of December. That loss of staff and the holidays delayed our holding a second meeting for more input on this topic. That meeting is being planned for late March. Watch for more information regarding the date and time! If you would like to sign up for our email list so that you receive notice of the upcoming meeting, and other City meeting and project notices, please click here to go to the Plan Manitou website and sign up for email notices. 

If you aren’t able to attend the next meeting on this topic or would like to provide comments, concerns, or questions now, please feel free to email planningdept@comsgov.com, or you can mail or drop off written comments at the Planning Department, 606 Manitou Avenue.

Thank you for your interest and participation!

Short Term Rental Public Engagement Workgroup - Barb Bunn, Mike Casey, Karen Cullen, Alan Delwiche, Chris Dwyer, Annie Schmitt, Coreen Toll, Stacie Vance

Planning Staff – Michelle Anthony

CONO – Richard Strasbaugh

Overview

Short-Term Rental Operations, defined in the City of Manitou Springs Municipal Code as "the rental of a dwelling unit, or a portion thereof, that is rented for purpose of lodging for terms of not less than one (1) day and not more than twenty-nine (29) days", require the approval of the City's Planning Commission for a Minor Conditional Use Permit. This process takes about two to three (2-3) months to complete and requires a Public Hearing.  

Once a Minor Conditional Use Permit has been approved by the Planning Commission, the operator has one (1) year to obtain a Business License with the City of Manitou Springs.

Once a Business License with the City of Manitou Springs has been obtained, the operator may begin operation. In order to maintain the Minor Conditional Use Permit, operators are required to rent, at a minimum, twenty-one (21) calendar days per year. This is tracked and monitored through lodging taxes paid to the City of Manitou Springs by the operator. 

Short-Term Rental Web Map

This web-based map application allows residents and property owners in the City of Manitou Springs to determine the location of current Short-Term Rental Operations located in the City and the eligibility of a given property to become a Short-Term Rental.

To best utilize this map application, either use the mouse to zoom in on a specific property or use the search field in the upper left-hand corner of the application to search a property by address. If any portion of a property lies within one of the green circles denoting the required five hundred foot (500 ft.) separation distance on the map, the property in ineligible to go through the Minor Conditional Use Permit process to become a legal Short-Term Rental Operation. If a property does not have any contact with the green circles, it is more than five hundred feet (500 ft.) from the nearest operation and is, therefore, eligible to become a Short-Term Rental.

Short-Term Rental Web Map

Short-Term Rental Operation Types

The following operations are considered to be short-term operations:
  • Vacation Rental (VRBO, Air BNB, etc.)
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Any rental of a dwelling unit, or a portion thereof, rented as lodging for a period of less than thirty (30) days

Short-Term Rental Regulations

In order to be eligible to obtain a Minor Conditional Use Permit for the legal operation of a Short-Term Rental in the City of Manitou Springs, there are several criteria which must be met by a given property. The main points found in the regulations are as follows:

  • Short-Term Rental Operations must be a minimum of five-hundred feet (500 ft.) from other Short-Term Rental Operations. This minimum separation distance is measured from property line to property line. The Short-Term Rental Web Map can be used to determine whether a property meets the minimum separation distance requirements. 
  • Short-Term Rental Operations shall occupy no more than two percent (2%) of the available residential structures within the City of Manitou Springs which is currently capped at fifty-eight (58) potential permits which may be issued for Short-Term Rental Operations. Currently, there are forty-nine (49) Minor Conditional Use Permits which have been issued. There are nine (9) permits still available!
  • Short-Term Rental Operations must be able to provide off-street parking to accommodate guests and reduce the impact the operation may have regarding on-street parking in the neighborhood.

If the above criteria is met or exceeded, a property is eligible to go through the Minor Conditional Use Permit process and a Public Hearing with the City's Planning Commission for approval to operate a short-term rental business. For further information, view the Short-Term Rental Regulations here: Municipal Code Section 18.89

Illegal Short-Term Rental Operations

An illegal Short-Term Rental Operation is one which has not been approved by the City's Planning Commission and, therefore, does not have a Minor Conditional Use Permit to allow the legal operation of the business.

The City of Manitou Springs contracts with a company called Host Compliance, which monitors hundreds of short-term rental listing sites to identify illegal operations within the City.

Report a Complaint/Concern

To report a complaint or concern regarding a Short-Term Rental Operation in the City of Manitou Springs, you may do so through the Host Compliance Complaint Portal or call their Hotline at: (719)212-4885.

You may also report a concern/complaint with the City of Manitou Springs Planning Department at (719)685-4398 or via email to planningdept@comsgov.com.

In the event of an emergency, call 911. You may also contact the Manitou Springs Police Department at (719)685-5407 or the El Paso County Dispatch at (719)520-7100.

Short-Term Rental Map

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