On May 3, 2021, the Denver City Council passed a new ordinance requiring a residential rental property license for anyone wishing to offer, provide, or operate residential rental property in the City and County of Denver.

License tiering

This new license will be rolled out in four phases:

  • Stage 1: As of January 1, 2022, the owner or operator of the residential rental property will provide a copy of Tenant rights and resources(PDF, 87 KB) (The Spanish version can be found here(PDF, 88 KB)) to the tenant when signing the lease and if the rent request is served. It summarizes some of the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants in Denver.

  • Stage 2: As of March 2022, all owners/managers can obtain a license and receive half of their application fee (from $50 to $25). A walk-in inspection from a certified private building inspector is required along with license fees. The license is valid for four years, unless ownership changes.

  • Phase 3: Effective January 1, 2023, a license will be required for anyone wishing to offer, supply or operate a residential rental property consisting of two or more rental units on a single parcel. For example, this would require a license for a single apartment building, an apartment complex, or a duplex where both units are rented. Additionally, in this phase, individual units can still opt for an early license and receive half of their application fee.

  • Stage 4: As of January 1, 2024, a license will be required for anyone who offers, supplies or operates a residential rental property consisting of a single rental unit on a single parcel. For example, this would require a permit for a single-family home for rent or a triplex that has one unit for rent.