Short-Term Regulations in Austin, TX 2018-05-24T06:43:19+00:00

Short-Term Rental Regulations in Austin, TX

Short-Term Rental Regulations in Austin, TX

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Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas and the seat of Travis County, with portions extending into Hays and Williamson counties. It is the 11th-most populous city in the United States and the 4th-most populous city in Texas. It is the fastest growing large city in the United States, the second most populous state capital after Phoenix, Arizona, and the southernmost state capital in the contiguous 48 states. As of the Census Bureau’s July 1, 2016 estimate, Austin had a population of 947,890, up from 790,491 at the 2010 census. Located in Central Texas within the greater Texas Hill Country, the city is home to numerous lakes, rivers, and waterways, including Lady Bird Lake, Barton Springs, McKinney Falls, the Colorado River, Lake Travis, and Lake Walter E. Long. It is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan statistical area, which had an estimated population of 2,056,405 as of July 1, 2016.

SHORT-TERM RENTAL LICENSING SUMMARY

Owners of Short-Term Regulations in Austin, TX (STRs), sometimes called Vacation Rentals, are required to obtain an operating license annually (Ordinance No. 20160223-A.l). This law applies to all properties (including rooms and guest houses) rented for less than 30 consecutive days. Find out what type of Short-Term Rental you have.

TO APPLY FOR A LICENSE

1. Application

2.  $443.00 (non-refundable) Fee

  • Cash, Check or Money Order Payable to the City of Austin. The application fee is non-refundable.

3. Proof of Property Insurance

  • Declarations, Information or Summary Pages from your Policy

4. Proof of Payment of City of Austin Hotel Occupancy Taxes (if applicable; IF you have been using your property as a Short Term Rental then proof of hotel occupancy taxes is required)

  • Copy of cancelled check, AND
  • Copy of the Most Recent Quarter Tax Report submitted to the City Controller’s Office, OR
  • If you have not had any renters in this quarter, a copy of the zero report filed

5. Certificate of Occupancy OR Certified Inspection

  • To obtain your Certificate of Occupancy please call the Development Services Department at 978-4000, or contact by e-mail at DSDHelp@austintexas.gov. If one is not available for your property we ask for a third party STR inspection. Here is a link to inspectors in your area.

6. Driver’s License

7. All 3rd Party Agents must have Notarized authorization from Owners allowing them to manage property.

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

TO RENEW A LICENSE

Drop off:
You may alternatively visit our office at 1520 Rutherford Lane, Bldg. 1, Austin, TX 78754 between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

1. $236.00 (non-refundable) Fee

  • Cash, Check or Money Order Payable to the City of Austin. The application fee is non-refundable.

2. Proof of Current Property Insurance

  • Declarations, Information or Summary Pages from your Policy

3. Proof of Payment of City of Austin Hotel Occupancy Taxes

  • Copy of cancelled check used to pay HOT Fees, AND
  • Copy of the Most Recent Quarter Tax report submitted to the City Controller’s Office, OR
  • If you have not had any renters in this quarter, a copy of the zero report filed

The license must be renewed before it expires. If the owner and/or street address of the STR have changed, you MUST submit a new application with signatures from all owners and the owner’s agent, if applicable. If other application information has changed, the information must be sent in a letter signed by the owner, without having to submit a new application.

To renew the Operating License of your Short Term Rental (STR), the required documents and licensing fee can be mailed or brought in to our office.

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

Drop off:
You may alternatively visit our office at 1520 Rutherford Lane, Bldg. 1, Austin, TX 78754 between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Questions? Email: STRlicensing@austintexas.gov

Link to the  Austin Texas Short Term Rental Classifications
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Article Sources:

SHORT TERM RENTALS REGULATION & LICENSING

https://www.austintexas.gov/str

AUSTIN SUMMARY

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austin,_Texas

Short-Term Regulations in Austin, TX

Posted By Noah Goldfeder

Marketing Team
Posted: Friday April 20th 2018

Short-Term Regulations in Austin, TX

Posted By Noah Goldfeder

Marketing Team
Posted: Friday April 20th 2018

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