Due to COVID-19, and with a focus on the health and safety of people of the city of Thornton, the public hearing regarding short-term rentals is hereby postponed.  Information on a new date will be provided when available.

Short-term Rentals

Short-term rentals 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.

Short-term rentals are currently prohibited in Thornton, but the City Council will soon consider potential changes to the City Code.  City staff has prepared a draft ordinance that would allow short-term rentals in Thornton with specific conditions and requirements.  A summary of the proposed ordinance and the complete draft ordinance can be found under the Featured Links section (right-hand side of this web page).

Public Input

The City Council is currently scheduled to hold a public hearing concerning this ordinance at 7 p.m. on March 24, 2020 at the Thornton City Hall in the Council Chambers, 9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton, Colorado.

  • Anyone interested in speaking to the Council about the proposed regulations should plan to attend the meeting.  Speakers are requested to sign up on the register located inside the Council Chambers.  Remarks are limited to three minutes. 

  • Written comments about this proposed ordinance are also being accepted.  Comments received by 5 p.m. on March 16, 2020 will be distributed to the City Council along with the other meeting documents.

    • Emailed comments may be sent to

    • Comments may also be sent to:

      Thornton City Development Department
      ATTN:  Short Term Rentals
      9500 Civic Center Drive
      Thornton, CO  80229

Next Steps

Council will consider the ordinance at two readings, initially at the public hearing and then a second time at a future meeting, which will be no earlier than April 14, 2020.  The results of City Council's consideration of this ordinance will be posted on this website.  If the ordinance to allow short-term rentals in Thornton is approved by the City Council on both readings, information on when, how, and where to submit license applications will also be provided.