Short Term Rentals
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.
AM I ALLOWED TO TURN MY PROPERTY INTO A SHORT TERM RENTAL?
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!
To register your property for a Short Term Rental, please submit a Short Term Rental application through our online permit portal.
Use this interactive online map to view where short term rentals are authorized or not authorized by zoning, or authorized with special permitting.
Read the City of New Braunfels Short Term Rental ordinance (Sec. 144-5.17) in its entirety to see all rules, regulations, and requirements.
If you suspect a short-term rental is unregistered, or have issues with an existing rental property, report it using this online complaint form.
- Short Term Rental Regulations
- Registering a Short Term Rental
- 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.
Registering a Short Term Rental Unit
If you are operating a short-term rental, you must first apply for a permit to be registered. To register your short-term rental, please visit the online permit portal.
What You'll Need to Register:
- Proof of ownership (typically a Deed)
- Emergency Contact
- Letter of Authorization (applicable if there will be a property manager or if the unit is within a building that you do not own.)
- Property Site Plan
- Floor Plan
- Commercial general liability insurance coverage of a minimum of $500,000.00 per occurrence of coverage
- Tenant Notification Sheet
- Utility Rate Information
- $206 Fee for the permit and Annual Fire Inspection
Current Short Term Rental Permit Holders
Annual life-safety inspections are required to renew your short-term rental permit. To schedule a life safety inspection, you will first need to pay the $128 renewal fee on the MUNIRevs portal. Once you have paid the renewal fee, you can schedule an inspection with the Fire Marshal’s Office. An updated STR decal will be mailed to your mailing address once you have passed your annual inspection.
HOT Taxes (Hotel/Motel Tax)
A short term rental permit is transferable to a new property owner. The new property owner must submit an Short Term Rental Permit Application through our online permit portal within 90 days of the closing date of the purchase of the property. Upon review and approval of the application, a MUNIRevs registration guide will be emailed to you. The $206 application fee must be paid prior to the submittal of the application, this fee includes the $125 life safety inspection fee. Upon approval, the owners can proceed to schedule an inspection with the Fire Marshal’s Office. An updated STR decal will be mailed to the updated mailing address once the inspection has passed.