Short Term Rentals

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Short term rentals are one- or two-family dwellings that are rented for overnight lodging for less than 30 days at a time. Hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, resort properties, apartment unit rentals, or dwellings that are rented for a period longer than 30 days are not considered short-term rentals. Permits and annual life safety inspections are required for all short-term rental units within the city limits. Any one- or two family dwelling advertised as a short-term rental on home sharing websites such as AirBnB, VRBO, HomeAway, etc. must be permitted before the advertisement is posted.


You can only use your property as a Short Term Rental if your property has the right zoning. 

Check out the Short Term / Vacation Rental Guide to see the process behind Short Term Renting your property!

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Additional Resources

  1. Short Term Rental Regulations
  2. Registering a Short Term Rental
  3. Current Short Term Rental Permit Holders

Short Term Rental Regulations


The following requirements apply to all short-term rental units within the City Limits:

  • Short-term rentals are not allowed in any residential zoning districts. 
  • A special use permit must be obtained in all non-residential zoning districts, excluding C-4, C-4A, and C-4B.
  • Short-term rentals are not allowed in the floodway (not the floodplain.)
  • Hotel occupancy taxes are required to be paid on a monthly basis.
  • Annual life safety inspections are required from the Fire Marshal’s Office. 
  • Maximum occupancy of two (2) adults per sleeping area, plus an additional two (2) adults.
  • A minimum of one off-street parking space, not including the garage, must be provided per sleeping area.
  • A decal with emergency contact information must be visible at the entry of the short-term rental.

Please Note: This is not a comprehensive list. Please review the City of New Braunfels Short Term Rental ordinance (Sec. 144-5.17) to see complete information on the rules, regulations, and requirements for short term rentals. To check if a property is located in the floodway, you can use the City’s Interactive Flood Zone Map.