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Frequently Asked Questions

A total of $500.00 is due at the time your application is submitted. The Short-Term Rental review fee is $500.00. This fee is 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: hotels@austintexas.gov.

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, contact Austin 3-1-1 or call 512-974-2000 for assistance.

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.