Can I operate a short-term rental (AKA Vacation Rental) in the City?

The City of Manitou Springs has regulations in place regarding short-term rental operations (Chapter 18.89). The regulations essentially state that only two percent (2%) of the available residential structures within the City may be utilized as short-term rentals and that short-term rentals must be a minimum of five hundred feet (500 ft.) from other short-term rental operations. Lastly, the applicant must be able to provide the necessary off-street parking requirements to accommodate guests. If these conditions are met, the applicant is eligible to go through the Minor Conditional Use Permit process with the City Planning Commission to become a legal short-term rental. The process takes 2-3 months to complete and requires final approval from the City Planning Commission. To find out if a property is eligible, view the Short-Term Rental Map (PDF) or the Short-Term Rental Web Map Application.

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