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One of the keys to success in the short term rental (STR) market is understanding the comprehensive STR or vacation rental regulations of the city or town where you plan to invest. Zoning restrictions, registration, permit or licensing requirements, and taxes vary widely. Search to see how your city or town may be affected.

STR Regulations

The City of Austin, TX has vacation rental regulations in place for short term rentals and categorizes them into 3 different types. Owners of vacation rentals or short term rentals (STRs) must register for a permit with the City. This law applies to all properties including rooms and guest houses that rented for a period of less than 30 days. Click on the website below for full details and the application.  

Zoning Restrictions

There are three different types of defined STRs per the City Ordinance. These include: a) owner-occupied single family, duplex, and multi-family b) non-owner occupied singe family and duplex c) non-owner occupied multi-family. As such, there are three different rules and applications for each type of short term rental and different areas of the City have caps on the amount in each.

Permit or License

Owners of vacation rentals or short term rentals (STRs) are required to register for a permit with the City and renew it annually. As of 2021, a new permit costs $567 while renewals cost $310. This law applies to all properties including rooms and guest houses that rented for a period of less than 30 days.

Short Term rental / Airbnb Regulations

For the most up-to-date information on short term rental regulations please click the links below to access the city website(s) and email address. Please notify us if there are any errors in the data.

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