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Summit County issues Amended Public Health Order to Level Orange – No Change for Short-term Lodging

Page updated on April 9, 2021 at 2:05 p.m.

Summit County Government received official notification from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) on Monday that the State will be moving Summit County from Level Yellow, back to more restrictive Level Orange on Dial 3.0 beginning on Wednesday, April 7 at 6:00 a.m. There is no change for Short-Term Lodging and the no more than 2 households and 10 people remains in place.

The new Public Health Order will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m., April 30, 2021. The order is likely to be amended prior to April 30, as the state public health order and dial changes are finalized.

In addition, the local public health order may be amended should conditions improve or deteriorate as indicated by Summit County’s COVID-19 case numbers, positivity rate, and hospitalizations.

Under the amended local Public Health Order, owners and/or entities responsible for booking and renting of short-term lodging units must confirm renters are aware of and are in compliance with the gathering size limits mandated by CDPHE PHO 20-36. Confirmation should be made by requiring renters to sign, initial, or check-mark a document indicating they are aware of and in compliance with the gathering size limits.

A sample STR Compliance Form is available for your use. This form is to be completed by the guests and kept for your records. The forms do not need to be sent to the Town of Frisco.

Requirements for Short-term Lodging Operations During COVID-19

  • Lodging – hotels, motels, and short-term rental lodging accommodation rentals of 30 days or less (e.g. Airbnb, VRBO, timeshares, RV parks, bed and breakfasts, condo-tels, lodges and retreats)
  • Limitations on Public and Private Gatherings: Up to 10 people from no more than 2 households may be in one unit.
  • High Risk Populations: Stay at home.
  • Owners and/or entities responsible for the booking and renting of short-term lodging units must validate and confirm the identity of all renters upon arrival to ensure all individuals renting are arriving from no more than 2 households
  • Employee records – Lodging businesses must collect current contact information for all employees, dates of all shifts worked by all employees, and other known places of employment for each employee.

Failure to comply with this Order is subject to penalties contained in Section 25-1-516 and 18-1.3-501, Colorado Revised Statutes, including a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment in the county jail for up to 18 months.

We thank you for your continued cooperation and patience during these unprecedented times and encourage everyone to stay safe and healthy.

Further Guidance

Please continue to review Summit County Public Health’s short-term rental guidelines as well as the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) short-term rental guidance.

  • June 1, 2020: All transient lodging facilities must complete the Summit County Business Physical Distancing Protocol Form. This form does NOT need to be submitted to the County but must be available upon request and placed in a conspicuous location at each short-term rental property. It can be placed inside the home near one of the entrances.
  • This document outlines safety measures each business will adopt to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in their property.
  • Must also post Public Health Order Compliance Poster in your property.
  • One hand sanitizer should also be placed near the entrance to the house, but you can certainly put out more throughout.
  • In those locations with a central reservations office, the form shall be posted at or near the entrance of the office and shall be easily viewable by employees and customers.
  • The transient lodging community shall comply with these protocols and procedures with advice and guidance from the Center of Disease Control (CDC), American Hotel and Lodging Association and Vacation Rental Management Association.
  • Expedia Group Cleanliness Standards
  • The completed Summit County Business Physical Distancing Protocol Form (PDP) and associated public directives must be made available upon request, and place in a conspicuous location at each property to be available for rental.
  • Summit County businesses can make use of the following resources during COVID-19 response, stabilization and recovery – visit COVID-19 Business Resources.

Who Needs a Short Term Rental License?

Anyone renting their Frisco property, or seeking to rent a property in Frisco, for less than a consecutive thirty-day period should be aware of the town’s requirements for short-term rentals. These requirements apply regardless of how the properties are marketed – through a management company, online such as VRBO and Airbnb, newspaper or word of mouth.

Staff Assistance

STR Support Staff are available to answer questions and assist with the STR application, tax remittance and renewal processes – Please email.