Boston Airbnb Regulations


To be eligible to be a short-term rental the property must be classified for residential use.

Things the property can not be:

  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Executive suites
  • Congregate living complex
  • Elderly housing
  • Group residence
  • Homeless shelter
  • Orphanage
  • Temporary dwelling structure
  • Transitional housing

The Property being rented out must not have more than 3 violations within 6-months.

These violations can include:

  • Short-term Rental ordinance
  • Excessive noise
  • Improper disposal of trash
  • Disorderly conduct

Plus, there can't be any outstanding violations on the property. The property can't be a "Problem Property", as stated by the City of Boston Ordinances.

Things the host is responsible for having:

  • The registration number (given by Inspectional Services) should be displayed on every listing
  • business certification
  • Renew short-term rental license yearly
  • Signage with fire extinguishers, fire exits, and pull fire alarms
  • Not renting to multiple parties for a given time
  • Notify neighbors about the property being registered as a short-term rental within 30 days after obtaining the license

Properties have to be registered even when:

  • The property is vacant
  • The property is being renovated
  • Tenants are relatives who are 18+ years
  • No rent is collected

The property doesn't have to be registered if: Owned by a city, state, or federal agency, Rooming house, Dorm, Lodging house. For more information visit the City of Boston Website


The deadline to register a short-term rental by is July 1st.

Login to the Rental Registration Portal and provide the follow information:

  • Property owner contact information
  • Contact information for the property manager (if applicable)
  • Numbers of properties being register
  • Total number of units at property (if applicable)
  • Purchase date of property (if bought after Jan 1st, 2013)
  • If the property was built before or after 1978
  • The fire escapes for the building (if applicable)
  • The smoking policy.

For more information visit the City of Boston website about registering the short-term rental

Fines And Fees

To register the property the fees are:

  • 25$ for first-time registration of the property
  • $15 for renewal of the license.

No more than $2,500 for each building or $5,000 for each complex. If the short-term rental violates one of the laws created by the City of Boston, the short-term rental license will be suspended.

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