Short-Term Rental Conditional Use Permit Application

A conditional use permit (CUP) application is required for any short-term vacation rental (STR) proposing an occupancy of 20 or more people, or proposing to deviate from the occupancy, parking or other site standards in the Summit County STR regulations.

Summit County staff will review the CUP application in the context of the property and neighborhood to consider whether the types of uses in the neighborhood, the home size, lot size and distance to neighboring properties could potentially enable these properties to accommodate higher occupancies and/or additional vehicles parked on site.  

CUP applications will be referred to agencies such as the water and sanitation districts (or State Engineer and Environmental Health Department for units on well and septic systems), fire department and building department to evaluate whether the unit is able to adequately accommodate the proposed occupancy and vehicle parking, given the capacity of the existing services and infrastructure and the potential impacts to adjacent residents.

To apply for an STR CUP, visit the Summit County Short-Term Rental Registration Portal, and select "Conditional Use Permit" in the Permit Type dropdown menu.

CUP Application Materials and Fee

STR CUP applicants must provide information on sleeping areas and parking, in addition to the information required in the standard STR permit application:

  • If proposing additional occupancy beyond the limits outlined in the Summit County STR regulations, applicants must upload a floor plan of the unit showing the location of each sleeping area, the number and type of beds in each sleeping area and the proposed maximum number of people within each designated sleeping area.  
  • If proposing additional parking beyond the limits in the STR regulations, applicants must upload a parking plan showing the location of the proposed parking spaces on the property.  

The STR CUP permit application fee is $350. The annual renewal fee is $75.

Criteria for Application Review

Summit County staff will use the following criteria for administrative review of CUP applications:

  1. The proposed use and occupancy of the STR property meets the applicable building and fire code requirements for maximum occupancy of the structure, and protects the public health, safety and welfare.
  2. The existing services and infrastructure (e.g., water supply, wastewater disposal capacity, access, on-site parking spaces) can support the proposed use and occupancy of the property, or the applicant has obligated himself/herself to provide the necessary services and infrastructure in sufficient time to serve the proposed use.  
  3. The proposed operation of the STR will ensure preservation of the residential character of the neighborhood where it is located. The amount of traffic and noise from lodging guests will not result in significant adverse impacts to the adjacent neighborhood.
  4. There is adequate separation and buffering of the STR use from adjacent residences and public rights-of-way to mitigate potential impacts on the surrounding neighborhood, including traffic, additional parking and noise. Standards for demonstrating adequate separation and buffering include but are not limited to: orientation of the STR unit on the property away from nearby residential structures; linear separation from other residential structures; separation from other structures by an intervening right-of-way; topographic features such as rock formations or grade differences; and mature vegetation or fencing.

See Section 3821.14 (pdf) of the Summit County Land Use and Development Code for more details.