Austin Short Term Rental Regulations

Regulations

Austin has recently created a law that states that any Short-Term Rental Owner must acquire an operating license in order to have a property that is rented out for a 30 day or less. The law defines exactly what is considered to be a Short-Term Rental.

A Short-Term Rental is a property that is Owner-Occupied, Single Family/Duplex, and Multifamily/Not Owner Occupied.

  • Owner-Occupied is a property where the owner lives that property more than 51% of the time.
  • A Single Family/Duplex is home that can be attached or not to another property, but only where one family lives within it.
  • Multifamily/ Not Owner Occupied property is one that has multiple separate properties that are all within one building or a group of buildings within one large complex (apartment buildings).

For more information visit: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/short-term-rental-types

A short-term rental may not be used by more than:

  • Ten adults at one time (unless a stricter limit applies)
  • Six unrelated adults.

A licensee or guest of a short-term rental may not:

  • Use or allow the use of sound equipment that produces sound in excess of 75 decibels at the property line between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
  • Use or allow use of sound equipment that produces sound audible beyond the property line between 10:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.
  • Make or allow another to make noise or play a musical instrument audible to an adjacent business or residence between 10:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

When the dwelling unit is used as a short term rental, a wedding, bachelor or bachelorette party, concert, sponsored event, or any similar group activity other than sleeping are prohibited between the hours of 10 p.m.-7a.m.

For more information, click here.


Licenses

Applying for a License:

Here is the link to the application (you have to determine which type of property you are getting the application for by going to this website: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/short-term-rental-types)

  • The non-refundable fee for the application is $500 in either cash, check, or money order (payable to the City of Austin)
  • Proof of Property Insurance
  • Proof of Payment of City of Austin Hotel Occupancy Taxes:
    • Copy of cancelled check and copy of the most recent quarter tax report that was submitted to the City's Control Office OR if there was no one that rented out the property in the quarter
    • Copy of the zero report that was filed
  • Notarized Authorization from the Owner of the property allowing properties to be managed by outside agents.
  • Drivers License
  • Certificate of Occupancy (call the Development Services Department 978-4000 or e-mail at DSDHelp@austintexas.gov)

You can apply by mailing in the application, dropping it off or try the online registration through this website: https://www.austintexas.gov/financeonline/account_services/hotel/

Mailing Address:

City of Austin – Austin Code Department
Attn: Finance – STR
PO Box 1088
Austin, TX 78767

Drop Off Address:

5202 E Ben White Blvd
Suite 550
Austin, TX 78741

Hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Renewing a License:

  • The non-refundable fee for the application is $300 in either cash, check, or money order (payable to the City of Austin)
  • Proof of Property Insurance
  • Proof of Payment of City of Austin Hotel Occupancy Taxes:
    • Copy of cancelled check and copy of the most recent quarter tax report that was submitted to the City's Control Office OR if there was no one that rented out the property in the quarter
    • Copy of the zero report that was filed
  • You must renew a license BEFORE it expires for the rental to be legal. You can apply by mailing in the application, dropping it off or try the online registration through this website: https://www.austintexas.gov/financeonline/account_services/hotel/

Mailing Address:

City of Austin – Austin Code Department
Attn: Finance – STR
PO Box 1088
Austin, TX 78767

Drop Off Address:

5202 E Ben White Blvd
Suite 550
Austin, TX 78741

Hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

If you have any more questions while going through the process, you can email STRlicensing@austintexas.gov or call 512-974-9144.


Fines and Fees

The City law-enforcement will be the one to be called to handle giving out fines for each violation.

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