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Short Term Rentals

The Town of Carbondale requires a Short Term Rental License for property owners wishing to rent their entire property or portion of their property for the purposes of lodging for any period of less than 30 days.

Licenses Required

  1. It is unlawful for any person or entity to operate a short term rental without first applying for and procuring a license from the Town of Carbondale.
  2. Licenses will only be issued to property owners for their primary residence, or properties located within the Historic Commercial Core (HCC) zone district as defined in Chapter 17 of the Unified Development Code and the Town’s Zoning Map.
    1. Primary Residence is defined as a privately owned residential dwelling or property at which the owner resides for at least 183 days per year, and sufficient proof is provided during the application process.
  3. No further licenses will be issued to non owner occupied properties located outside of the HCC zone district.

Conditions of Short Term Rental Licenses

  1. Occupancy: Two persons per room plus an additional two persons per property. Children under the age of five do not count toward occupancy limits.
  2. Private Covenants & Homeowners Associations: Applicants must review all covenants and agreements that apply to the property. The Town does not keep track of which homeowner’s associations and covenants prohibit short term rentals. The Town’s issuance of a license has no legal effect upon any such restrictive covenants or agreements applicable to a property.
  3. Community Housing Units: No housing unit which is part of the Town’s Community Housing Program is eligible for a short term rental license.
  4. License Numbers: All advertisements for short term rentals must contain the license number for the property listed.
  5. No Transfer or Assignment: Each license is issued to the property owner, and not the property. Licenses are not transferable or valid as to any person or entity other than the named licensee.
  6. Local Management Required: Short-term rentals must at all times have a designated local contact person whose contact information is on file with the Town, which person shall be responsible for ensuring compliance with provisions of this Code associated with such short-term rental, including but not limited to compliance with all applicable sales and lodging tax requirements, maintenance of parking areas, removal of snow and ice, garbage disposal, and other property maintenance requirements. The local contact person must be available 24 hours per day, seven days per week and be able to respond within 60 minutes, in person as necessary, to emergencies, any Municipal Code violations and/or complaints regarding the condition, operation, occupancy or conduct of the occupants of the short-term rental, and to take remedial action to resolve such violations and/or complaints.

Application Procedure

                Beginning January 1st, 2024 STR license and Tax forms are required to be filed in our easy-to-use, 24/7 online platform. Applications for new STR licenses and renewals of existing STR licenses will also be available for STR business owners.

Existing STR License Holders

Due to the timing of implementing the STR License platform, all existing STR licenses have been extended from December 31, 2023, through February 15, 2024. All existing STR license holders are required to submit a renewal application before January 31, 2024, to be considered for a license renewal.


New STR License Applications

All applicants for a new STR license are welcome to apply at any time.


Tax Remittance

All STR taxes are remitted monthly. The Town of Carbondale has imposed a tax of six percent (6%) of the gross rental price paid by customers of short-term rental accommodations. This is inclusive of any service charges or fees and is in addition to the current 2% lodging tax. Properties who use AirBnB or VRBO will still be required to file a monthly tax form, however, the taxes paid through AirBnB or VRBO would be negated against the taxes owed to the Town.


Application Requirements 

  1. Proof of Ownership
    • Deed
    • County Assessor’s Page and applicable identification.
    • Documents showing controlling ownership in trust or LLC.
  2. Proof of Primary Residence, if applicable
    • Driver’s license
    • Voter registration
    • Tax Returns
    • Vehicle Registration
  3. Photos of Life Safety requirements
    • Egress windows in each bedroom
    • Smoke/CO2 alarms per current building code
    • Fire Extinguisher near cooking appliances, interior and exterior.
  4. Payment of Fees
    • Owner Occupied fees
      1. $100 per bedroom to a maximum of $400 per license.
    • Non Owner Occupied fees
      1. $175 per bedroom to a maximum of $875 per license.
  1. Upon satisfaction of the above requirements, a member of the Building Department will contact you to schedule an in-person short term rental inspection. The property owner or the property manager must be present during the inspection.
  2. All licenses will expire one year after the date of issuance.
  3. Renewals of existing licenses shall follow all of the same procedures and submit the same required documentation as initial license applications.

NEW Registration

  1. Go to:
  1. Click the Green “Go” button on the left-hand side for New Users Registration
  1. Enter your email address
  1. Follow the Instructions in the E-mail you will receive which will prompt you to click on a link to bring you to a secure User Profile screen.
  1. Create your User Profile and Click “Continue to Business Profile” (orange button)
  1. If you need assistance within the MUNIRevs platform unlimited phone and email support is available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm by contacting MUNIRevs at 1-888-751-1911 or email at