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Santa Fe County

Growth Management / Land Use

Short-Term Rentals

On October 25, 2022, the Santa Fe County (County) Board of County Commissioners (Board) adopted Ordinance 2022-07 to license and regulate Short-Term Rentals in the County.  

Beginning on Wednesday, November 30th, the County’s Growth Management Office will begin accepting Short-Term Rental applications via appointment.

The requirement that Short-Term Rentals be registered or licensed does not go into effect until March 15, 2023, so owners of Short-Term Rentals have ample time to register or license their Short-Term Rentals.  

Owner-Occupied vs. Non-Owner Occupied:

  • Owner-Occupied: “a Dwelling that is the Owner’s primary residence or an Accessory Dwelling Unit that is located on the same legal lot of record as the Owner’s primary residence” (3.6).
  • Non-Owner Occupied: “a Dwelling that is not Owner-Occupied” (3.7).


Temporary Moratorium:

Ordinance No. 2022-07 precludes property acquired after the effective date of the ordinance from being processed or licensed as a Non-Owner Occupied Short-Term Rental during the one-year moratorium enacted by that ordinance. In other words, property owned on or before November 25, 2022, may be licensed as a Non-Owner Occupied Short-Term Rental even if it is not developed as such until after that date.  This temporary moratorium is necessary to allow time for the Board to study and analyze issues related to Non-Owner Occupied Short-Term Rentals, including, but not limited to the impact they may have on affordable housing supply, areas where they conflict with primary residential uses established in traditional and historic communities, and non-compliance and enforcement issues, and develop any appropriate regulations. Owner-Occupied Short-Term Rentals may be registered regardless of when the property was acquired. 


Application Packets:

The following Application Packets include a Checklist, Application, and STR Fire Code Compliance Certification form.


Schedule an Appointment:

Santa Fe County Growth Management Office



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