Please note: Due to an increase in short-term rental applications, staff is working as quickly as possible to enter applications into the system. Please do not leave multiple voicemail messages or send multiple email messages asking for updates. Applications will be processed in the order of receipt. Please click here to search for your short-term rental permit number.
Application and Forms
One to two units: single-family home or duplex
Three or more dwelling units: triplex, fourplex or more units
Accessory short-term rental Type A permit requirements
You need a Type A Accessory Short-Term Rental Permit if your vacation rental has one or two bedrooms. You may rent up to two bedrooms to five overnight guests. This also applies to a multi-dwelling development like a condo development. Also:
- Everyone doing business in the City of Portland must register as a business with the City of Portland.
- Read more about accessory short term rentals before you apply.
- There are some things you should know if the rental is in an old building.
- If you operate an accessory short-term rental without a permit, you may be fined.
- You can also learn more about the letter you need to send to neighbors.
Type A accessory short-term rentals with three or more dwelling units
The number of dwelling units in a multi-dwelling structure, triplex, fourplex, or cottage cluster that can have an accessory short-term rental is limited to one unit or 25 percent of the total number of units in the structure or on the site, whichever is greater. We can approve complete permit applications until you reach the maximum number allowed.
Apply for or renew a Type A accessory short-term rental permit
Review all the information about accessory short-term rental permits. Then, apply for your permit using the forms above:
- Confirm the bedrooms to be rented to overnight guests comply with the requirements of PCC 33.207.040.B.4.
- Complete the Neighborhood Notice for your dwelling type. Distribute to all parties listed on the notice.
- Fill out the application and checklist for your dwelling type.
- Submit your application, copy of neighborhood notification and fee. You can apply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your completed permit application, neighborhood notification, and copy of the front and back of the Oregon Driver License for the resident of the dwelling.
Please indicate in your email message that you would like to pay via credit card. Do not include credit card information in your email submittal. We will contact you for payment information.
You can also mail in the above listed application materials including a check for the appropriate fee to:
Bureau of Development Services
Property Compliance Division
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 5000
Portland, OR 97201
For questions about your Type A permit application, contact the Property Compliance Help Line or send us an email message.
Permit review process
Development Services will review your application. If we approve your application, a permit will be mailed to you. We'll contact you if your application is incomplete or if there are questions about your application.
If you have questions, please contact the Property Compliance Help Line.
Get ready for accessory short-term rental inspections
Find out what to expect during rental inspections.
Inspection process for short-term rentals with three or more units
Development Services will not randomly inspect bedrooms in multi-dwelling structures and triplexes. They are already inspected under the Portland Fire & Rescue Safety Inspection program. The inspection examines the safety features of common areas including:
- condition and operation of exit doors
- emergency lighting
- exit signs
- components of fire resistive construction
- fire extinguishers
- records for fire alarm and fire protection systems
Guest bedrooms must have interconnected smoke detectors and a carbon monoxide alarm. Learn more about requirements for smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.