A total of $739 is due at the time your application is submitted. The application fee is non-refundable. This includes $687 for the Licensing Fee, the notification fee of $50, and the DSD Technology fee of $2. 

The payment options are:  

All Payment are made to “City of Austin”

Yes. Every person owning, operating, managing, controlling, or collecting payment for occupancy in any hotel (or short-term rental) shall collect the Hotel Occupancy Tax from their guests for the City. 

Exception: Short-term rentals located in Austin's Limited Purpose Jurisdiction are not subject to City of Austin Hotel Occupancy Tax. 

You may call the City of Austin, Financial Services: Controller's Office at 512-974-2590, then press 1, or email: hotels@austintexas.gov.

A Certificate of Occupancy, or “CO” can be obtained at no cost from the City of Austin, Building Inspections Division. Please contact them at DSDCertificateofOccupancy@austintexas.gov.

If the City of Austin does not have a copy of the property’s Certificate of Occupancy, you may apply for an Amnesty Certificate of Occupancy.

The Short-Term Rental Operating License is for valid for 12 months from the time of approval and may be renewed on an annual basis.

The Short-Term Rental Operating License is non-transferable per Ordinance #20120802-122, “a license may not be transferred and does not covey with the sale or transfer or the property”.

Failure to register is equivalent to operating without a license and may result in enforcement action, including citations.