Short Term Rental Permitting

Please note that these permits and regulations pertain ONLY to the unincorporated portions of Ouray County.  If you need a permit for a property that is within the City of Ouray or the Town of Ridgway, you will need to contact/apply to that entity (City of Ouray 970-325-7211, or Town of Ridgway 970-626-5308).

Effective January 1, 2017, all property owners currently engaging in, or desiring to engage in, the short-term rental of a legal residence in unincorporated Ouray County must first apply for a Short-Term Rental Permit from the Ouray County Land Use Department. Short-term rental permits are limited to a maximum of #100 permits issued. At this time, all 100 permits have been issued and the Land Use Department is maintaining a wait-list of 5 pending applicants. You can inquire about the wait-list at the number provided below. 

The latest update by the County Commissioners of the regulations affecting short-term rentals is found in Ordinance No. 2018-003 (effective as of 1/5/19) and can be viewed by clicking here.

Property owners with accessory dwelling units or ‘ADU’s’ should be aware that they may be required to pay additional tap fees to the applicable water provider.

Any questions regarding short-term rentals or any land use/zoning issue should be directed to the Land Use Department by calling: (970) 626-9775

Contact Us

  1. Physical Address:

    111 Mall Road

    Ridgway, CO 81432

    Mailing Address:

    PO Box 28
    Ridgway CO 81432

    Ph: 970-626-9775


    Monday - Thursday

    8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Land Use and Planning Department