Short-term rentals, or STRs, are a form of temporary
lodging where all or a portion of a home is rented for less than 30 days at a
time. Many people are familiar with this concept under the marketing
names of Airbnb and Vrbo, although there are dozens of other similar platforms.
In 2020, City Council approved an ordinance
that allows STRs in Thornton with specific conditions and
requirements. The ordinance was effective February 1, 2021. A copy of the
ordinance can be found under the Featured Links section (right-hand
side of this web page).
Any person operating a short-term rental in
Thornton must have a valid short-term rental license as required in Thornton
City Code Sections 18-54 and 18-174. A business license is also required, and
operators must collect and remit lodging taxes to the city. The annual fee for a short-term rental license is currently $180.
city uses an online system operated by MUNIRevs to process and issue short-term
rental licenses. Licenses are available only to property owners for a home
they inhabit at least 50 percent of each year. To begin the application
process for the required license, please contact MUNIRevs at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call (888) 751-1911.
A telephone hotline is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week to accept complaints and concerns about short-term rentals. An online reporting option is also available.
Online: https://lodging.munirevs.com/complaint/ (choose "Thornton" from the city list)
Note: Reports of violence, incidents involving weapons, and other emergencies should be reported immediately to the Thornton Police Department by calling 9-1-1.
Frequently Asked Questions
Visit https://thornton.munirevs.com/ and follow the FAQ link to view answers to frequently asked questions about Thornton's short-term rental licensing program.