Northglenn drafting short term housing rules

City joins municipalities writing rules for AirBNB, sharing sites

Casey Van Divier
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 3/28/19

An ordinance regulating short-term rentals in Northglenn is one step closer to going into effect. The recently drafted document follows up on provisions made in the Northglenn Unified Development …

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Northglenn drafting short term housing rules

City joins municipalities writing rules for AirBNB, sharing sites

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An ordinance regulating short-term rentals in Northglenn is one step closer to going into effect.

The recently drafted document follows up on provisions made in the Northglenn Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), a comprehensive update to the city’s zoning laws that went into effect on Feb. 26. The UDO allows for short-term rentals and specifies that those renting out a property for 30 days or less must obtain a license from the city.

The city has now been tasked with passing the ordinance detailing the licensing process.

Senior planner Eric Ensey said it was important for the city to address short-term rentals in the UDO, as there was previously no document regulating them.

“Before, we didn’t allow or prohibit short-term rentals,” he said, explaining that residents instead had to apply for a business license to operate a short-term rental.

“Now, there will be other requirements to make it a safer situation,” he said.

Northglenn is one of many Colorado cities currently creating or adjusting provisions for short-term rentals, many of which are coordinated through accommodation-sharing sites like Airbnb. In the past year, Denver has also updated its regulations, Lakewood has added a new chapter to its municipal code and Broomfield has passed an ordinance setting new guidelines for short-term rentals.

Ensey said that the drafted regulations for Northglenn have resulted from a variety of factors: community input, city council feedback and the guidelines for short-term rentals in other cities.

The accepted UDO already outlines many regulations for short-term rentals. For example, the UDO excludes certain types of properties from being used for short-term rentals, such as mobile homes and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).

Meanwhile, the new ordinance adds onto these regulations by setting logistical guidelines for the licensing process. For instance, the new ordinance requires properties to follow several safety measures, such as posting the property owner’s contact information as well as relevant fire escape routes at the property.

The ordinance also outlines the process to renew a license and lists the offenses that can result in suspension or revocation of a license.

City council provided feedback on city planners’ draft at its study session on March 18. Planners have scheduled a first reading of the ordinance draft at the city council meeting on April 8, which will take place at 7 p.m. in City Hall, 11701 Community Center Dr.

The city will hold a second reading and public hearing in the same place at 7 p.m. on April 22.

Should council vote to approve the ordinance at the second reading, the ordinance would go into effect around May 7, Ensey said.

To provide feedback or learn more about the new ordinance, residents can attend one of the upcoming city council meetings.

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