Short Term Lodging Units

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Short-term lodging is the rental of a dwelling unit for 29 or fewer consecutive days regulated by Municipal Code Section 17.28.292, and Chapter 3.24, Transient Occupancy.There are two types of Short Term Lodging Units (STLUs) that require a permit and operating license: Short-Term Lodging Units (STLUs) and Short-Term Apartment Rentals (STARs). Click here for a map of approved STLUs and STARs (updated at the start of each month)

STLUs

Short-term Lodging Units are any lodging unit that is occupied or intended or designed to be occupied on a short-term basis other than a hotel, motel, or bed-and-breakfast inn. STLUs are allowed in defined areas of the City. For a map, click here. STLUs are limited to a single rental contract and must operate according to Municipal Code Section 17.28.292. Among other things, “STLU” includes (1) a STAR, which is subject to special regulations in Subsection 17.28.292(D), and (2) home-exchanges, where homeowners temporarily occupy one another’s property simultaneously during the same short-term period without rent or other exchange of money more than once in any 12-month period. 

STLUs require a one-time STLU Zoning Permit and an annually renewed STLU Operating License. The STLU Zoning Permit expires if any of the following occurs: 1) property ownership changes, 2) the use of the property for short-term rentals ceases for a period of one year, 3) the STLU Operating License is not renewed, or 4) the STLU Operating License is revoked. The STLU Zoning Permit fee is $140. There is no renewal fee.The STLU Operating License lasts for one year and requires a yearly renewal to maintain the use.The STLU Operating License fee is $105.  The yearly renewal fee is $105.

STARs

Short-Term Apartment Rentals are a type of STLU that is a multi-family-dwelling structure on a single parcel, under single ownership, where some or all individual units are rented as STLUs, and where the STAR owner, being a person that holds legal or equitable title to the property, lives on-site in one of the other units not being rented short term. “STAR” does not include an STLU in a multi-family-dwelling structure where the units are under multiple, separate ownerships, such as a condominium development, unless the STAR owner owns all the units in the structure and on the parcel and resides in one of the other units not being rented short term. Multi-family-dwelling structures containing six or more STARs or STLUs, whether under individual or separate ownership, are considered “hotels” or “motels.” STARs are allowed in areas where STLUs are permitted and in other multi-family residential areas. For a map of City areas where STARs are allowed, click here.

STARs located in the areas where STLUs are allowed require a one-time STLU Zoning Permit and an annually renewed STLU Operating License. STARs located outside the areas where STLUs are allowed, but in an area where STARs are allowed, require a STAR Permit and an annually renewed STLU Operating License.The STAR Permit is a one-time permit that expires if any of the following occurs: 1) property ownership changes, 2) the use of the property for short-term rentals ceases for a period of one year, 3) the STLU Operating License is not renewed, 4) the STLU Operating License is revoked, or 5) the property ceases to be the STAR owner’s primary residence. The STAR Permit fee is $536. There is no renewal fee. The STLU Operating License lasts for one year and requires a yearly renewal to maintain the use.The STLU Operating License fee is $105.  The yearly renewal fee is $105.