The Development Services Center is closed to walk-in customers. Access is limited to those who have pre-scheduled appointments to pick up or drop off paper plans. You can apply for a conditional use review by email or by mail.
Read this information before you apply for short-term rental permits
- Land Use Services Fee Schedule
- Required Transportation Analysis for (Type B) ASTRs
- Zoning Code Chapter 33.207, Accessory Short-Term Rentals
Learn more about short-term rental permit requirements
You must have a Type B Accessory Short-Term Rental Permit if your vacation rental has 3-5 bedrooms. You may rent up to five bedrooms to overnight guests. This also applies to a multi-dwelling development like a condo development. In addition:
- 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 a short-term rental without a permit, you may be fined.
- You can also learn more about the letter you need to send to neighbors.
Apply for a Conditional Use Review
Before you apply, review the Type B Accessory Short-Term (ASTR) Rental Zoning Code Information Guide. These short-term rentals go through a discretionary Type II or Type III Conditional Use land use review.
For more information about applying, please review the Conditional Use Reviews webpage. You may also contact Planning and Zoning to discuss the Land Use Conditional Use review process. Review application fees for a Type II or Type III Conditional Use review.
We review your application for compliance with the use-related regulations and standards of 33.207.050. We can use your Oregon Driver’s License or Oregon Identification Card to verify occupancy.
Your permit is final when we approve the land use review and the decision is recorded with the Multnomah County Recorder. You don't have to complete any other application form or complete any other neighborhood notification. The accepted form of identification is not allowed to include a separate mailing address unless it is a P.O. Box or PMB address.
Required Transportation analysis for Type B permits
You must complete the Required Transportation Analysis for (Type B) ASTRs form and submit with your permit application.
Get ready for rental inspections
Find out what to expect during rental inspections.
If we approve the Conditional Use land use review, you'll need to complete a site inspection to verify the bedroom requirements. This needs to happen before you begin to operate the accessory short term rental.
You'll need to send us a Request for Residential Fee Paid Inspection - Code Evaluation Inspections form. Then, we can complete the bedroom inspection. The fee is listed on the request form. Mail the form to the Property Compliance Division. Checks should be made payable to the City of Portland.
The inspection verifies that the bedrooms you rent to overnight guests follow the requirements of 33.207.050.B.4.
Inspection process for Type B short term rentals
If an inspection verifies that the required smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms were not installed at the time of the initial inspection or that the bedrooms are not legal, a re-inspection fee will be charged after the corrections have been made. Learn more about requirements for smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.
There are additional requirements for Type B Accessory Short-Term Rentals that are proposed in building subject to Chapter 13 of the Uniform Building Code.
Other types of accessory short-term rental permits
Read about Type A short-term rental permits.