Owners of Short-Term Rentals (STRs) 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.

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TO APPLY FOR A LICENSE

  1. Application
  • Click this link to find the short-term rental license application for your type. 
  1. $572.00 (non-refundable) Total Fee (includes $50.00 Notification Fee)
  • Cash, check or money order payable to the City of Austin. The application fee is non-refundable.
  1. Proof of Property Insurance
  • Declarations, Information or Summary Pages from your Policy
  1. 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
  1. Certificate of Occupancy 
  • To obtain your Certificate of Occupancy from Development Services Department, please call 3-1-1. 
  1. Driver's License
  2. 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

Online: Click here to visit the new online registration and renewal website.

Questions? Email STRlicensing@austintexas.gov or call 512-974-9144.

TO RENEW A LICENSE

  1. $313.00 (non-refundable) Fee
  • Credit card, cash, check or money order payable to the City of Austin. The application fee is non-refundable.
  1. Proof of Current Property Insurance
  • Declarations, Information or Summary Pages from your Policy
  1. 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, brought in to our office, or submitted online.

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

Online: Click here to visit the new online registration and renewal website.

Questions? Email STRlicensing@austintexas.gov or call 512-974-9144.

ADDITIONAL LINKS

Open Data Portal: Short-Term Rental Locations

Memo to Council: Response to Resolution No. 20181129-041

Austin Build & Connect: Public Search (Operating License)

PRESENTATIONS

August 17, 2015

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