Owners of Short-Term Rentals (STRs) are required by the City of Austin to obtain an operating license and renew annually. Swipe left on the table below to view all 3 Short-Term Rental types when viewing this on a mobile device.

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Type 1

Owner-Occupied

(single-family, multifamily or duplex)

Type 2*

Not Owner-Occupied

(single-family or duplex)

Type 3

Not Owner-Occupied

(multifamily)

Owner-occupied, bungalo stype house

High-rise apartments

Type 1 Definition:

Are owner-occupied or associated with an owner-occupied principal residence

Include the rental of an entire dwelling unit

OR

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

Type 2 Definition:

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

Type 3 Definition:

Are not owner-occupied

Are part of a multifamily use (apartments, condos, etc.) property

Include the rental of an
entire dwelling unit

Type 1 Rules: Owners must provide documentation that the property is owner-occupied or is associated  with an owner-occupied principal residential 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

Type 2 Rules: The City ordinance places a cap on the percentage of STRs allowed to legally operate in each census tract of the city.

Ownership information on your application must match the deed as recorded with the Travis County Clerk's office or Williamson County Clerk's office.

Type 3 Rules: 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.

Ownership information on your application must match the deed as recorded with the Travis County Clerk's office or Williamson County Clerk's office.

Type 1 Application Form:

Primary

Secondary

Partial Unit (room in house)

Annual Renewal Required

(download .pdf application)

Type 2

*Only 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)

Annual Renewal Required

Type 3 Application Form

Annual Renewal Required

(download .pdf application)

Return to the Short-Term Rental Licensing homepage to apply for a Short-Term Rental license.

Background:

In August 2012, the Austin City Council passed an ordinance requiring a license to operate a STR (single-family and two-family properties). The ordinance was amended in September 2013 and then again in February 2016.