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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.
Short Term Rental Permit Application
To register your property for a Short Term Rental in New Braunfels, please submit a Short Term Rental Registry application through our online permit portal.
Where can I operate a short-term rental?
Eligibility to operate a short term rental depends on the zoning and land use classification of a property. To view where short term rentals are authorized, not authorized, or authorized with special permitting, please visit the city's Short Term Rental Web Map.
To request a determination of short-term rental eligibility for your property please submit a short-term rental determination form through our online permit portal.
- 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 four (4) 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.
This list is for informational purposes only and is not a comprehensive description of all short-term rental regulations. To review all regulations for short-term rentals, please visit the ordinance here.
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 our online 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)
Hotel Occupancy Tax filings and payments are due on a monthly basis through the MUNIRevs portal. For additional information on HOT Taxes, please visit the City’s Finance HOT Tax Information page.
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.
- If you suspect a short-term rental is unregistered, please report it using the Short Term Rental Complaint Form.
- To check the zoning of your property, you can use the City’s Interactive Zoning Map. Once you have located your property, you can click on it to open a pop-up that will link you to your zoning district’s ordinance.
- To check if your property is located in the floodway, you can use the City’s Interactive Flood Zone Map.