Shaping Aspen's Built Environment

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Aspen City Council instituted moratoria on residential building and vacation rental permits (STRs) to allow for a period to evaluate current and future residential community development in Aspen. This pause allows the community space to think critically about how to address key challenges related to stressors on Aspen's built environment, including:

  • Vacation rentals (aka short-term rentals).
  • Pace and scale of residential development.
  • Affordable housing production.
  • Development procedures within the Land-Use Code.
  • Climate impacts.

With Council support and direction, City of Aspen staff is working with experts in the fields of community engagement and development, as well as community members, to take bold actions on these priority areas. We invite you to engage in this process and welcome your input and participation. Please navigate through our Residential Building and Short-Term Rental pages for more information, as well as engagement opportunities for each of these focus areas.


Aspen City Council instituted moratoria on residential building and vacation rental permits (STRs) to allow for a period to evaluate current and future residential community development in Aspen. This pause allows the community space to think critically about how to address key challenges related to stressors on Aspen's built environment, including:

  • Vacation rentals (aka short-term rentals).
  • Pace and scale of residential development.
  • Affordable housing production.
  • Development procedures within the Land-Use Code.
  • Climate impacts.

With Council support and direction, City of Aspen staff is working with experts in the fields of community engagement and development, as well as community members, to take bold actions on these priority areas. We invite you to engage in this process and welcome your input and participation. Please navigate through our Residential Building and Short-Term Rental pages for more information, as well as engagement opportunities for each of these focus areas.


Questions & Answers

Do you have questions about the engagement work being done by the City of Aspen regarding residential and vacation rental permitting? Ask them here and our staff will respond. 

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    When does the moratorium end?

    5 months ago

    The moratorium on the issuance of residential building permits ends on August 8, 2022.

    The moratorium on the issuance of short-term rental permits ends on September 30, 2022.

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    Would a cap or limit on the number of STR licenses be possible? Perhaps a limit of 250 in the town (I have no idea how many there currently are!) and then you can apply for one and be on the waiting list if someone else turns theirs in, allows it to expire, or fails to pay.

    TJL444 asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your suggestion! You are welcome to submit your responses to our STR Questionnaire that is currently available on the STR project page, and/or submit your input to staff at AspenEngage@aspen.gov for inclusion in our reports to Aspen City Council. 

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    I am interested in learning more and/or keeping informed about the moratorium. Where is the best place to find information?

    5 months ago

    Please subscribe to receive notifications through either the Short-Term Rental or Residential Building pages. 

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    I would like to be involved in the public engagement process for determining the next steps about the vacation rental and/or residential building permit process in Aspen. How do I get involved?

    5 months ago

    We are coordinating extensive public outreach to help provide recommendations to Council about a new ordinance(s) regarding vacation rental and residential building permits. To get involved in our engagement activities, navigate through our project pages and subscribe to receive updates regarding each project.

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    I am interested in providing public comment about vacation rentals and/or residential building permits in Aspen. Where do I do this?

    5 months ago

    Aspen Community Voice is your tool to provide input during our engagement process. Please navigate through the project pages to share your stories and provide input. You may also send your comments to us at AspenEngage@aspen.gov

Page last updated: 11 May 2022, 11:26 AM