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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

Dare County North Carolina includes the Outer Banks and they require all short term rentals to pay an occupancy tax. The Occupancy Tax rate for Dare County is six percent (6%) of gross receipts, derived from the rental of room or lodging rented to transients. See license tab for other licensing requirements.

Zoning Restrictions

Permit or License

Some towns also require a business license in order to operate a short term rental. Click on the second website link to be directed to your specific town website or contact info.

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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