Vacation Rental Information
Vacation Rentals in Durango
The Land Use and Development Code for the City of Durango has allowed and regulated 'Tourist Homes' in certain parts of the City since 1989. Recently, the rise in popularity of vacation rentals and the use of the internet to publicize vacation rental opportunities has caused our community to more closely consider how this use affects the broader community.
Below is a simple summary table of the permitted VRs in the City of Durango (updated 7/9/18).
|Total||Pending||Currently Active||Total||Total Allowed|
|Total in EN-1 zone||1||21||22||22|
|Total in EN-2 zone||0||17||17||17|
|Total in other zones||1||53||54||N/A|
|Total in all zones||2||90||93||N/A*|
*There is no cap on the number of VRs in commercial and mixed-use zones. Only the EN-1 and EN-2 residential zones have a cap.
Vacation Rentals are currently only allowed with a Limited Use Permit in the EN-1, EN-2, EN-MF, RM, RH, CB, MU-N, MU-A, and select PD zones. Vacation rentals are NOT allowed in any of the non-residential zones nor in the EN-4, EN-5, or EN-6 residential zones.
The current regulations are intended to manage the potential negative impacts of vacation rentals on the stability and quality of life in Durango's neighborhoods. A summary of the regulations governing vacation rentals can be found here.
Vacation rentals are required to obtain a Limited Use Permit prior to establishment or advertisement. In the EN-1 and EN-2 neighborhoods, vacation rentals must also obtain a Limited Use Permit. In the EN-1 and EN-2 zone districts, vacation rentals are not allowed on the same street segment as an existing permitted vacation rental. Vacation rentals are only allowed in certain zones in the City of Durango. Please reference the City's Land Use and Development Code (LUDC) or call the Community Development Department for more information.
Vacation Rentals are not allowed in many parts of the City. Planned Developments must specifically state that Vacation Rentals are an allowed use in their governing documents. In all cases, HOA documents and any agreements with the City must specifically state that vacation rentals are allowed, otherwise they are not permitted.
For a map showing the locations of legal, permitted vacation rentals in the City of Durango, click here. If your have a complaint about a vacation rental (permitted or un-permitted) click here to submit your complaint to the City's Code Enforcement Division.
This page is intended to give a quick overview of the vacation rental standards, but more detailed information can be found in the City's Land Use and Development Code, Section 2-2-3-4.
In 1989, the Land Use and Development Code (LUDC) was adopted. It included Tourist Homes as an allowed use in certain zones and a conditional use in other zones. The increase in vacation rental interest as well as an increase in the number of complaints regarding vacation rentals led to the first round of amendments to the standards governing vacation rentals. Since then, the vacation rental standards have been amended two more times and are now currently under review for another round of amendments. A summary of the amendment history is below:
- The vacation rental ordinance to update the 'Tourist Home' standards was adopted in March 2007. This ordinance included a 300-foot distance buffer between vacation rentals in the EN-1 and EN-2 neighborhoods.
- The first round of amendments in October 2008 addressed transferability, on-site parking, and HOA approval for VRs in HOA-governed developments.
- A second round of code amendments in 2009 increased distance buffer between rentals from 300 feet to 500 feet in the EN-1 and EN-2 neighborhoods. It also required all vacation rentals to be permittedthrough the Conditional Use permit process, with the exception of rentals in the Central Business and Light Commercial zones, which were still permitted through the Special Use Permit process.
Through the process to update the entire Land Use and Development Code (LUDC) some amendments were proposed to the previously-existing vacation rental standards. The most significant proposed change affected the distance buffer required between vacation rentals in the EN-1 and EN-2 zones.
Following significant public outreach, research on the issue, and discussions with City Council, the Council decided on the overall number of vacation rentals that should be allowed in the EN-1 and EN-2 zone districts. The Council has instituted a strict buffer to prevent clustering of VRs.