When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it’s important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to provide some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in Portland. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. If you have questions, contact the Bureau of Development Services, the Revenue Bureau, or other city agencies directly, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional. Please refer to our quick reference guide for helpful links regarding the short-term rental permitting process in Portland.
We expect all hosts to comply with our standards. In addition, unless you fall within certain limited exceptions, our policy is to remove or block listings if a host offers:
[Entire space] listings at more than one address in Portland
Unwelcome commercial listings
As our Portland Airbnb community evolves, we may update our policies to limit additional categories of hosting activity.
Permit Requirement and Process
- Permit Requirement. Except as otherwise provided in the Portland City Code, Section 33.207 of the City Code requires Portland residents to apply for an accessory short-term rental permit to rent a residence to guests for periods of fewer than 30 consecutive days. The City’s website provides an overview of the permit requirement and answers to frequently asked questions.
- Permit Types. You are eligible for a Type A permit if you rent two or fewer bedrooms in your residence. You may use this 1 2 Dwelling Structure application if you live in a single-family home or a duplex. You may use this Multi-Dwelling Structure application if you live in larger building. If you plan to rent three or more rooms, you are eligible for a Type B permit, but you will be required to go through the City’s conditional use land review process. More information on the Type B permit is available on the City's website.
- Neighbor Notification. As part of the application process, you are required to notify your neighbors and certain other parties. Use this 1 2 Dwelling Structure letter if you live in a single-family homes or duplex. Use this Multi-Dwelling Structure letter if you live in a larger building.
- Inspection. The City will contact you after you submit your application to schedule an inspection of your residence. Each bedroom must have a smoke detector and may require a carbon monoxide detector. More information about the general inspection process is available on the City's website. The City also provides more detailed information about the process for single-family homes and duplexes on the City's website.
Hosting Eligibility and Requirements
- Occupancy Requirement. Hosts with an accessory short-term rental permit are required to occupy the residence for at least 270 days during each calendar year.
- Permit Posting Requirement. You are required to include your short-term rental permit number on your listing. You may add your permit number to your listing by going to Manage Listing > Calendar and More > Detailed Description. In the "Other Things to Note" field, type in your permit number following the acceptable permit format for Portland. The format is: YY-xxxxxx-xxx-xx-HO. An example would be: 16-123456-000-00-HO
- Other Rules. It's also important to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, such as leases, condo board or co-op rules, HOA rules, or rules established by tenant organizations. Please read your lease agreement and check with your landlord if applicable.
Taxes and Business Registration
- Lodging Taxes and Tax Registration. Hosts are required to submit a Transient Lodging Registration form to the City of Portland Revenue Division even if you host exclusively with Airbnb. The City of Portland, Multnomah County and the State of Oregon all assess transient lodging taxes on hotels, motels, and short-term rentals. A “short-term rental” is defined as a guest stay of 30 days or less. More information about the transient lodging tax is available on the City’s FAQ page and the State's FAQ page. Airbnb collects and remits these taxes in Portland. More information about collection and remittance in Oregon is available in our Help Center.
- Business License Registration. You may also have to register by submitting a Transient Lodging Registration Form to register with the city and acquire a business license. Further information is available at the City's website.
We are committed to working with local officials to help them understand how Airbnb benefits our community. Where needed, we will continue to advocate for changes that will allow regular people to rent out their own homes.
Last updated: January 5, 2017