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 short-term rental permit by mail or email. Get more details about applying using mail or email below.
Application and forms for Type A new or renewal short-term rental permits (1-2 units- single family home or duplex)
Application and forms for Type A new or renewal short-term rental permits (3 or more dwelling units - triplex, fourplex or more units)
Learn more about short-term rental permit requirements
You need a Type A Accessory Short-Term Rental Permit if your vacation rental has 1 or 2 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 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.
Total number of short-term rentals on your property when 3 or more dwelling units
You can use one unit, or 25% of the total number of units in the building, whichever is greater, as a short-term rental. We can approve complete permit applications until you reach the maximum number allowed.
Apply for a short-term rental permit or renew a short-term rental permit
Review all the information about 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 email (and mail in your permit fee) or by mail. The permit fee is listed on the application.
For questions about your Type A permit application, contact the Property Compliance Help Line or send us an email.
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 short-term rental inspections
Find out what to expect during rental inspections.
Inspection process for short term rentals with 3 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.
Other types of accessory short-term rental permits
Read about Type B accessory short-term rentals.