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Posted on: October 5, 2023

Short-Term Rental Business License & Regulatory Fees Established

Short-Term Rental Business License and Regulatory Fees Established

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Short-Term Rental Business License & Regulatory Fees Established

First reading of an ordinance establishing short-term rental policy passes 4-2

(October 5, 2023) – Telluride, CO --- Telluride Town Council passed the first reading of an ordinance amending the Telluride Municipal Code to establish categories, reduced business license fees, an administrative fee, and a regulatory fee for short-term rental licenses. The ordinance will go to a second reading on Tuesday, October 24.

The amendment comes as Telluride Question 2D, which established a moratorium on new short-term rental licenses, will expire on November 2, 2023. In preparation, the Town held a handful of meetings and open houses throughout July and August to inform Town Council work sessions surrounding future short-term rental policy held on August 1, August 21, September 12, and September 21. A Council majority agreed to allow 2D to expire, not implement licensing caps in any zone districts, reduce short-term rental business license fees, implement an admin fee, implement a regulatory fee, and add licensing categories with different fee structures.

If passed at the second reading, the key changes include:

  • STR Business License Fees: Business license fees return to amounts charged before 2D passed in 2021.
    • Lodging Business License: $66 per sleeping room
    • Accommodations Business License (STRs): $165 per year plus $22 per sleeping room
  • STR License Categories: Classic, Limited (Limited to a cumulative of 29 nights), Residential (Residential Zone District limitations), Mid-term, Long-term
  • STR Administrative Fee: $288 per license
  • STR Regulatory Fee: 40% Regulatory Fee at $857 per bedroom.
    • Limited, Residential, and Lodging licenses are exempt. 

The Town plans to post the Tuesday, October 24 Town Council agenda on Wednesday, October 18, which can then be found online at To submit public comment regarding any agenda item, please email no later than Thursday, October 19.

Learn more about the Town of Telluride Short-Term Rental Study and the process that led to this first reading by visiting

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Communications Manager 
Lindsey Mills
Cell: (303) 319-6448

A former Victorian mining town in southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, Telluride was incorporated in 1977 as a home-rule municipality. Set in a box canyon amid forested peaks at the base of the popular Telluride ski-and-golf resort, the town’s historic district houses landmarks like the Sheridan Opera House, a performing arts venue originally built in 1913, and the Telluride Historical Museum, which showcases local history in a converted hospital built in 1896. For more information, please visit us online at

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