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If you missed the May 17th, 2023, Public Open House, please click the video below or click here to view a meeting summary and presentation slides.

Now available for public review & comment

Draft Short-Term Rental Program 

The public is invited to submit questions & comments through June 18th, 2023

Purpose & Scope

Short-term rentals, also known as STRs or vacation rentals, have become very popular in communities across the world in the last decade. This popularity has been driven by the rise of online platforms such as Airbnb and Vrbo that have made it easy to connect owners of STRs with guests.


A community can maximize the benefits of STRs and reduce their drawbacks when it enacts effective regulations and enforces those regulations. Communities throughout the region, including Santa Fe, Taos, and Albuquerque, have adopted STR regulations to effectively manage the STRs in their communities.


The purpose of this project is to create a short-term rental (STR) “program” that establishes a mechanism for STRs to legally operate in Los Alamos County and that effectively manages the benefits and drawbacks of STRs. Tasks include:


• Design and Administer a Community and Stakeholder Input Process and Plan

• Identify, Assess, and Provide Code Revision Recommendations for the STR Program

• Develop a STR Program Report

• Recommended Draft Ordinance for County Council Approval

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Project Team

Los Alamos County is the municipal government of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos. The County's Community Development Department (CDD) is responsible for this project.

Los Alamos County/CDD

Desirae Lujan

Associate Planner
505-662-8097 (office direct)

Wilson & Company

Noah Berke, AICP

New Mexico Planning Manager
505-348-4187 (office direct)

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