STR Lottery

A lottery will be conducted to award two short-term rental (STR) licenses in the Subzone B1 Sunlight. Interested property owners within Subzone B1 Sunlight must submit a request by December 15, 2023, for their names to be entered in a lottery to establish the order of a waiting list for the available STR licenses.

“After processing all the valid short-term rental license applications, we discovered only three STR licenses had been issued for this neighborhood,” said Planning and Community Development Director Rebecca Bessey. “Per Ordinance 2890, Subzone B1 Sunlight has a cap of five STR licenses, giving the city the ability to issue two additional licenses.” 

The STR Lottery is open to all homeowners in Subzone B1 Sunlight. 


STR Lottery  - Subzone B1 Sunlight

The lottery for short-term rental licenses is run electronically.  It is open to all members of the public who own property in the following STR Overlay Subzone: B1 Sunlight.

  1. After all entries are validated by City staff, each entrant will be assigned a number.  No one controls who has a better or worse number. It does not matter if you applied first or last; lottery numbers are random.
  2. Lottery numbers will then be randomly sorted and ranked by running a neutral, third-party draw service.  A waiting list will be established based upon the result of the lottery ranking.
  3. Lottery results will be posted online, no later than one week after the lottery. City staff will contact property owners in lottery rank order.
  4. If contacted, a property owner MUST submit a complete short-term rental license application and pay the associated application fee within 30 days. If this does not occur, staff will move on to the next-ranked property owner in the waiting list.

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Enter Lottery

  • Check the City of Steamboat Springs’ Interactive Map to see if your property is located in Subzone B1 Sunlight:
  • Lottery entries MUST be submitted online through the webform. No emailed or paper entries will be accepted. 
  • Only one entry may be submitted per property.

All entries MUST be submitted by 11:59PM on December 15, 2023.

Need help? Not sure if you qualify? Contact Paula Ross, Short-Term Rental Technician at 970-871-8278 or email.

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