- On June 13, 2017 Breckenridge Town Council adopted an ordinance amending Breckenridge Town Code requiring those Advertising Short Term Rental Units to list their Town License Number in all advertisements. Please see the link to the Ordinance and the Administrative Guidelines for further information.
For information please see the Administrative Guidelines:
- The Town of Breckenridge has contracted with a 3rd party contractor, Harmari by LTAS Technologies, to assist in Short Term Rental Compliance. Harmari, along with the Finance Department, will be utilizing a module in order to identify unlicensed and non-compliant Accommodation units within the Town.
Town of Breckenridge Sales & Accommodation Tax Breakdown, effective 01/01/2017:
Breckenridge Town Hall
150 Ski Hill Road - PO Box 168
Breckenridge, CO 80424-0168
Phone: (970) 453-3182
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday
Does AirBnB collect and remit my Breckenridge sales tax?
No, at this time AirBnB is not licensed with the Town of Breckenridge. Accommodations units rented on AirBnB are subject to 5.9% tax to the Town (2.5% sales tax and 3.4% accommodations tax).
What is an accommodation unit under the Town of Breckenridge BOLT ordinance?
The BOLT Ordinance defines an “accommodation unit” as:
Any person engaged in the business of accommodations rentals within the Town. Specifically short-term rentals, defined as ‘Accommodation Unit’ in Section 4-1-2 of the Breckenridge Town Code as, ‘separate and distinct living units including condominium, town-home, house, trailer, studio unit, condo-hotel units, or any such other similar unit which is rented to any person, who, for consideration, uses, possesses or has the right to use or possess such accommodation unit for a period of 30 consecutive days or less, regardless of the number of days during a license year such unit is rented.’
How do I apply for my license and pay the license fee?
The Accommodation Unit License Information Sheet is submitted to the Finance Department, 150 Ski Hill Road, PO Box 8629, Breckenridge, CO 80424 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Finance Department will process the form and then send an invoice for the amount due for the license. Payments can be made via xpressbillpay.com or send to PO Box 8629, Breckenridge, CO 80424.
How much does it cost to get an accommodation unit/short-term rental license?
The annual fee for an accommodation unit license is based on the number of bedrooms in the unit or house as follows:
Four or more Bedroom Unit
Who is responsible for paying for the license?
The accommodation unit owner must ensure the BOLT license for the unit has been paid. Property management companies and those that rent the accommodation unit for a profit must maintain a valid separate business license to cover all of the accommodations units that they rent.
Do I need a license before advertising my accommodation unit/short term rental?
Yes, owners are required to obtain an accommodation unit license prior to advertising their property for rent.
Where can I find the Town’s requirements for advertising an accommodation unit?
The Town of Breckenridge ordinance requirements for the advertising of accommodation units for rent are primarily found in Section 4-1-8-3 of the Breckenridge Town Code, which is a part of the Town’s “Business and Occupational Licenses and Tax Ordinance (BOLT).” This ordinance is referred in these regulations as the “BOLT Ordinance.” As explained in the BOLT Ordinance and these regulations, responsible persons are required to list their Town-issued BOLT license number in any advertisement for the rental of the accommodation unit that is associated with that BOLT license number. The BOLT license number for an accommodation unit is referred to in these regulations as the “license number.”
What is an advertisement?
The BOLT Ordinance defines an “advertisement” as:
A form of marketing communication that employs a non-personal message to promote the rental of an accommodation unit. This includes, without limitation, mailing, brochures, print, internet listing, e-mail publication, social media, other electronic means, or other means or methods regardless of the medium used.
How should a BOLT license number be displayed in an advertisement?
A valid license number should be listed as “Breckenridge Business License No. [Insert number].” The license number listed should be the license number of the party maintaining the advertisement.
The license number is recommended to be prominently displayed somewhere in the listing, with no specific placement requirement.
How do I list my list my License Number in AirBnB Advertisements?
The Town of Breckenridge recommends the following method of listing your business license number in your AirBnB rentals for Short Term Rental Advertisements. This method meets the requirements of BOLT Ordinance for Requirements for the Advertising of Accommodation Units Offered for Rent.
If your license number is 123456789, AirBnB will mask or hide this number on their website, to protect against displaying a number that may be a phone number. To have your license number properly displayed, please list the first 5 digits of your license number, write out “AND” then list the remaining digits of your license number.
Breckenridge Business License # 123456789, AirBnB will not show this on their website
Correct Listing: Breckenridge Business License #12345and6789
Correct Listing: Breckenridge Business License #onetwothreefourfivesixseveneightnine
What are the conditions of the license with respect to advertisements of an accommodation unit?
- Owners of accommodations units must list all means, methods, and locations of advertisement for the rental of the accommodation unit that the owner intends to use on the initial license application. All means, methods, and locations include all print and website advertisements.
- After issuance of license, the licensee must update all advertising listings within 30 days of any changes in advertising means.
When is the license number required to be shown in an advertisement for the rental of an accommodation unit?
There are three advertising scenarios that would be applicable for requiring advertisements to have a Town license number listed. Multiple scenarios may apply, listed below:
An owner advertises their accommodation unit for rent utilizing any means of advertising. The owner would need to include their Town license number in the advertisement.
A property management company lists an accommodation unit for rent utilizing any means of advertising. The property management company would need to include their Town business license number in the advertisement. Upon request by the Finance Director, the property management company would need to provide the individual accommodation license numbers of the units advertised.
A property management company or other party “feeds” an advertisement through varying distribution channels resulting in third party advertisements that the property management or other party do not manage or control. The individual unit license number is not required to be displayed. However, the advertising company may have requirements to post their own license number.
What if I own a timeshare and advertise it on my own to rent?
Each timeshare unit should be licensed in the Town and the associated license number must be displayed in advertisements for a specific unit. An owner that advertises their timeshare unit to rent may either contact their homeowner association or the finance department to obtain the timeshare unit’s individual license number. The license number the owner should use is the Town license assigned to the unit on the deed that assigns the current ownership.
What if I recently purchased my unit and plan to rent it out?
The Finance Department receives information about an accommodation unit’s sale from the deed by which the unit owner acquired the unit, and will mail the new owner(s) an introductory letter and application form, explaining the licensing program. If the unit was previously licensed as a short-term rental unit, an initial fee may not be required. If the unit was not previously licensed and the new owner wishes to rent the accommodation unit on a short-term basis, a license fee will be pro-rated based on the date of sale.
How will the Town contact a party who is advertising an accommodation unit in violation of the Section 4-1-8-3 of the BOLT Ordinance”?
The Town will give the responsible party written notice of a suspected violation of the advertising requirements of the BOLT ordinance in the form of a warning letter. The responsible party will then have 15 days to comply with the requirements of Section 4-1-8-3 of the BOLT Ordinance.
Are there penalties for noncompliance with the accommodation units advertising requirements of Section 4-1-8-3 of the BOLT Ordinance?
Yes. The Town Code provides for a minimum fine of two hundred dollars ($200.00) up to a maximum fine of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) for each day of a violation. The accommodation license can be suspended or revoked by determination of the municipal court judge. The fine amount will be set by the Town’s municipal judge.
What else can happen if I don't list my license number in advertisements?
It is a violation of the BOLT Ordinance for a person to fail to comply with the applicable accommodation unit advertising rules set forth in Section 4-1-8-3. The possible fine for noncompliance with Section 4-1-8-3 are described in Section 16 of these regulations. An unpaid fine can be collected by the municipal court in the manner provided by law. The BOLT license for the affected accommodation unit may also be suspended or revoked.
How do I find out if my property is located with the Town?