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Maintaining Short-Term Rental Permits

Learn about maintaining your accessory short-term rental (ASTR) permits. Find out how to renew your short term rental permit. Get information about what records to keep and what needs to be in ads. Learn more about short-term rentals compliance and penalties.

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Records to keep and actions to take to remain in compliance with a permit

A permit with your permit number will be mailed to you (View a sample permit). Prominently display your permit in the rental unit so it can be seen by all short-term renters. Include the permit number in all advertising and listing services.

You must keep and maintain a guest log book. Record the names and home addresses of guests, guest’s license plate numbers if traveling by car, dates of stay and the room assigned to each guest. The log must be available for inspection by City staff upon request.

Keep your business license for your short-term rental current with Portland Revenue. Collect transient lodging taxes (occupancy tax) from your overnight guests. Pay these taxes to the City of Portland and to Multnomah County. For more information contact City of Portland Revenue.

The resident must get a permit from Development Services every two years. Renewal of the permit is unlimited.

Operating a short-term rental without a permit has costly penalties

If you operate a short-term rental without a permit, you will be found in violation of Portland City Code and subject to enforcement action. Citations with civil penalties may be issued for violations of Chapter 33.207. For more information, please review the Permanent Rule: Accessory Short Term Rental (ASTR) Enforcement. To review citation fees, please check out the fee schedule.

  • A Type A accessory short-term rental permit can be revoked for failure to comply with the regulations of Chapter 33.207. If you have a short-term rental permit revoked, you can't get a new permit at that site for two years. This is in addition to other enforcement actions for continued non-compliance. 
  • If a Type B accessory short-term rental permit is noncompliant with the Conditional Use land use review approval, it will be found in violation of Portland City Code and subject to enforcement action. Citations with civil penalties may be issued for violations of Chapter 33.207 or an approved land use review.

Tenants and your responsibilities 

Guests must respect the neighborhood and be courteous to neighbors. Noisy guests, late night activity and street parking are some of the livability issues that you should consider. Your attention to these issues will help make your short-term rental a success.