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    The Complete Guide to Navigating Short-Term Rental Regulations in 2017

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  • Short-term rental regulations vary dramatically by municipality, state, and country. To complicate matters, these regulations are constantly evolving. Now consider the inconsistent and complex language, and you'll find that it's a recipe for confusion.

    Rental regulations are virtually impossible for hosts, homeowners, and managers to follow, let alone abide by, leaving many property owners at a disadvantage, facing huge penalties, fines, and tremendous stress.

    Rental regulations are virtually impossible for hosts, homeowners, and managers to follow, let alone abide by, leaving many property owners at a disadvantage, facing huge penalties, fines, and tremendous stress.

    Not only must homeowners and managers adhere to business licensing requirements—there are also building and housing standards, zoning rules, special permitting requirements, tax laws, noise ordinances, homeowner’s administration or condo association rules, and more.

    At, we strive to help promote responsible short-term rental property ownership and management, and it’s a large part of our overarching goal to promote “professionalization” of the industry as a whole.

    With NoiseAware, we decided to evaluate some of the regulations that are impacting vacation rental property owners, their property managers, and their guests.

    As two companies committed to “responsibly renting” and the promotion of harmonious neighborhoods for both long-term and short-term rentals, we partnered up to help you minimize fines, conflict, and disruption.

    All of this is why we at and NoiseAware are excited to present the 2017 Short-Term Rental Regulations Report.

    Analyzing the 2017 Short-Term Rental Income Report Results

    Many property owners lack knowledge about regulatory issues and how those regulations can affect their properties. In fact, many vacation rental owners find that their first “encounter” arises when they've been slapped with a fine or a firmly worded letter. This means that most are unprepared to take any sort of proactive measures to avoid violations, along with the stress and hassle that can ensue.

    If there's one regulatory trend that is consistent from quarter to quarter, it's change! The regulatory landscape is perpetually changing and evolving. In fact, issues a quarterly report on the industry trends for the Vacation Rental Management Association, and regulation is consistently a hot topic.

    Our goal as a company and as members of Rent Responsibly, a mission started by NoiseAware that brings the industry together to advocate for the fair regulation of short-term rentals, is to help vacation homeowners gain a broad and comprehensive understanding of the nation's regulatory climate, including:

    • Why regulation is so important
    • What regulations are in place
    • How various regulations are changing and evolving
    • How these regulations can impact owners, property managers, and guests
    • How we can all play an important role in the fight for fair regulation

    Many homeowners aren't even aware that many rules and regulations exist, so they are utterly unprepared to track and interpret changes within the industry. This is where we hope to assist.

    By understanding local regulations and how to find information on these key regulations, short-term rental property owners can work with their property managers to implement measures that will minimize fines and violations. This places you on the path to a less stressful and more profitable renting experience.

    What's Included in the 2017 Short-Term Rental Regulations Report?

    In an attempt to further enable responsible and easy renting in the sharing economy, our report examines 120 popular vacation rental and urban markets across the United States. It provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent laws and regulations that affect each city and the short-term rental and Airbnb industry there. Using the regulations report, you’ll be able to quickly view permit and license requirements, any additional requirements that are necessary to operate a short-term rental, and the relevant noise and neighborhood ordinances.

    Each city profile likewise includes the date of passage and a link for you to learn more about the local ordinances that affect you.

    We've also authored a 2017 Short-Term Rental Income Report, with data on the 125 best places to buy a vacation home or Airbnb in the United States. So be sure to check out this report for more information to help you choose the right location for your next vacation home acquisition.

    For an individual assessment of your vacation rental, please use our investment property calculator or feel free to reach out to the team at (844) 736-8334..

    In Conclusion

    NoiseAware has created the Rent Responsibly program to unite members of the community who are committed to “responsible renting” and to promote harmonious neighborhood environments.

    NoiseAware provides a noise monitoring service for short-term rentals that prevents noise issues. When NoiseAware detects a noise problem, their smart sensors send an alert to you or your property manager before your neighbors even call. Its privacy safe (no content is recorded) and helps you be more aware of what’s happening in your rental between check-in and check-out. Get started with NoiseAware to kick off renting responsibly in your city.

    If you're ready to acquire a vacation home or are considering a change in the way you manage yours, you’ll need to consider a wide variety of different points—including the applicable rules and regulations. While our business at connects homeowners with local, professional property managers for free, we also aim to be the ultimate resource for vacation homeowners and help you with everything from deciding where to buy your rental property to navigating regulations. To view our available homeowner and property manager resources, visit our blog. To see what your local property managers can offer you, get started today by creating a free profile.

    As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions by calling (844) 736-8334.


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    Short-term rental regulations


    Palm Springs, California
     License Required

    Regulation Free


    There has been nothing passed specifically about short-term rentals, but there are hotel regulations. The City has not specifically addressed whether or not short-term rental regulations fall under hotel regulations.

    Additional Information

    Transient Residential Rentals are allowable in the specific zones, and each residential zone has specific rules for periods of stay required. Panama City Beach's ordinance also requires routine, commercial garbage and trash service for the unit and the designation of a local person that will care for the unit.


    Minimal Regulations

    Strict Regulations

    Banned/Restricted Regulations


    This report is intended to be a survey and overview of short-term rental regulations at a certain point in time. This page is not intended to be used as legal advice on renting out a vacation home, and for legal advice on conducting short-term rentals, please consult an attorney.
    Notice any mistakes or updates to our guide? Please let us know by emailing