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Portland, Oregon – Short-term Rental Ordinance Summary

  • What is an Accessory Short-Term Rental (ASTR)? It’s not housemates, it’s not subletting, and the definition can vary from State to State, City to City. The City of Portland recently adopted new regulations that define what is allowed as an Accessory Short-Term Rental (ASTR) in the Portland Zoning Code Section 33.207. The word “accessory” in the title emphasizes that the primary use of the residential dwelling is long term occupancy, and only a part of the dwelling unit is used for short-term rental purposes.

A basic definition for a City of Portland ASTR is where an individual or family resides in a dwelling unit and rents bedrooms to overnight guests for less than 30 days. The regulations allow ASTRs in houses, attached houses, duplexes, manufactured homes on its own lot, and accessory dwelling units. Bedrooms in legal detached accessory structures can also be rented to overnight guests and count towards the maximum size limit.

There are two types of ASTRs, each with a specific permitting processes. Which type you would apply for is based upon the number of bedrooms you will be renting in your home to overnight guests.

Type A Accessory Short-Term Rental is one where the resident rents no more than 2 bedrooms to overnight guests. A Type A Accessory Short-Term Rental Permit is required, which includes a safety inspection as part of the permit approval and neighborhood notification.

Type B Accessory Short-Term Rental is one where the resident rents between 3 and 5 bedrooms to overnight guests. A Land Use Conditional Use Review application is required.

Each accessory short-term rental type (above) has unique requirements. This webpage provides information specific to the Type A accessory short-term rental process, where the operator rents no more than 2 bedrooms to overnight guests

Portland, Oregon – Short-term Rental Ordinance – August 29, 2014

  •  33.207.010 Purpose: This chapter provides standards for the establishment of accessory short-term rentals. The regulations are intended to allow for a more efficient use of certain types of residential structures in a manner which keeps them primarily in residential use, and without detracting from neighborhood character. In some situations, the operator can take advantage of the scale and architectural or historical significance of a residence. The regulations also provide an alternative form of lodging for visitors who prefer a residential setting.

Portland, Oregon – Short-term Rental Application Form

Portland, Oregon – Short-term Rental FAQ
  • Can I rent a bedroom in my house to overnight guests? (Yes)
  • Are accessory short-term rentals allowed in apartments and condos? (No)
  • What are the steps for getting an accessory short-term rental permit?
  • What will the BDS inspection include?
  • How do I know if my bedroom(s) were legally created?
  • How long is the Type A permit valid and how often do I need an inspection from BDS?
  • Can renters apply for an accessory short-term rental permit? (Yes)
  • How much is the short-term rental permit fee?
  • Where do I turn in my application?
  • Do I need to register my ASTR activity as a business? (Yes)
  • Do I have to pay transient lodging taxes? (Yes)
  • Can I rent my house when I am away? (Yes up to 90 days per year)
  • How will the City know details about my short-term rental?
  • Can I hire someone to run my accessory short-term rental? (Yes)
  • Do I need my neighbor’s approval? (Notification but Not Appproval)
  • How can I decrease impacts of my short-term rental guests on my neighbors?
  • Do I have to post the permit number? (Yes)
  • What if I don’t get a permit for my short-term rental?
  • What is the process if I have concerns or think my neighbor is not meeting the City’s short-term rental regulations?