Owners of Short-Term Rentals (STRs), also called Vacation Rentals, are required by the City of Austin to obtain an operating license.
(single-family, multifamily or duplex)
(single-family or duplex)
Are owner-occupied or associated with an owner-occupied principal residence
Include the rental of an entire dwelling unit
If only part of the unit, include at a minimum a sleeping room (with shared full bathroom), is limited to a single party of individuals, and the owner is generally present during the rental
Are not owner-occupied or associated with an owner-occupied principal residence
Are single-family or duplex properties
Include rental of an entire dwelling unit
Are not owner occupied
Are part of a multifamily use (apartments, condos, etc.) property
Include the rental of an
entire dwelling unit
Ownership information on your application must match the deed as recorded with the Travis County Clerk's office or Williamson County Clerk's office
The City ordinance places a cap on the percentage of STRs allowed to legally operate in each census tract of the city.
Owners must provide documentation of the total number of building on the property and units per building.
Owners must comply with applicable geographic caps.
Contact us for more information.
(download .pdf application)
Type 1 Application Form:
Partial Unit (room in house)
Allowed in the following commercial zoning districts:
Central Business District (CBD)
Downtown Mixed Use (DMU)
Planned Unit Development (PUD)
General-Retail - Mixed Use (GR-MU)
Commercial Services - Mixed Use (CS-MU)
Commercial Services - Vertical Mixed Use (CS-V)
General Retail - Vertical Mixed Use (GR-V)
Type 3 Application Form
In August 2012, the Austin City Council passed an ordinance requiring a license to operate a STR (single-family and two-family properties). This ordinance was amended in September 2013 to include multifamily properties and partial dwelling units.
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