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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.

For a map showing the locations of legal, permitted vacation rentals in the City of Durango, click here.
For a table listing the addresses and contact information for each permitted vacation rental, click here.

 Below is a simple summary table of the permitted VRs in the City of Durango (updated 11.29.16).

Pending Currently Active Total Total Allowed
Total in EN-1 zone 0 22 22 22
Total in EN-2 zone 1 14 15 17
Total in other zones
40   39 N/A 
Total in all zones 1 76 77 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.

Recent News
Following considerable citizen input on the issue and the filing of a citizen referendum, the City Council directed staff to prepare an amendment to the City's Land Use and Development Code (LUDC) that limits the total number of vacation rentals in the EN-1 zone to 22 and the total number of vacation rentals in the EN-2 zone to 17.

The separation requirement that allows only one vacation rental on a street segment in order to prevent clustering is still in place. A second vacation rental could be located on the street segment if it met specific criteria and obtained a Conditional Use Permit (CUP).

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Scott Shine with the City of Durango’s Community Development Department at (970) 375-4858 or .



History
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 permitted through 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 is currently deciding on the overall number of vacation rentals that will be allowed in the EN-1 and EN-2 zone districts. The Council has instituted a strict buffer to prevent clustering of VRs.

Current Regulations
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.

In the Central Business and Light Commercial zones, a Limited Use Permit is required prior to establishing a vacation rental. 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 not allowed in any other parts of the City except for Planned Developments that specifically allow them in their governing documents. In all cases, HOA documents and any agreements with the City must specifically allow vacation rentals.

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.

Opportunities for Input
The community is welcome to submit comments on this issue to Scott Shine, Planner III, by e-mailing  .