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Frequently Asked Questions

A total of $443.00 is due at the time your application is submitted. The Short-Term Rental review fee is $393.00. There is also a notification cost of $50.00 from the Planning & Development Review Department to notify adjacent neighbors as outlined in the amended ordinance (§20130926-144). All fees are non-refundable.

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.

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

A Certificate of Occupancy, or “CO” can be obtained at no cost from the City of Austin, Building Inspections Division located at: One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Road, 3rd Floor. If you do not have a Certificate of Occupancy, call 512-978-4000 press 2; then press 3 to request a copy.

If the City of Austin does not have a copy of the property’s Certificate of Occupancy, you have two options:


If you are unable to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy, you may hire a certified third-party inspector. The inspector must use this Third Party STR Inspection Checklist

A professional inspector certified by the Texas Real Estate Commission or a Residential Combination Inspector certified by the International Code Council (ICC) must inspect the dwelling. The City of Austin cannot recommend an inspector for you. To locate an ICC-certified inspector, complete a Web search for “home inspectors” and then verify the inspector holds a current ICC certification. A copy of the receipt for the service must be attached to the inspection and the inspector must state the structure is safe to occupy. If there is an unsafe deficiency, a license cannot be approved until the deficiency is corrected and re-inspected by the inspector. If deficiencies are noted that do not create an unsafe condition, your license can be issued, but the items will need to be corrected. A follow-up inspection may be conducted by Code Inspectors and failure to correct all deficiencies can be cause for suspension or revocation of your operating license.

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.