When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it is 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 give you some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in Phoenix. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. If you have questions, contact the Planning & Development Department or other city agencies directly, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
- The Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Ordinance governs land use in Phoenix. You should consult this to see if your listing is consistent with any zoning requirements or use definitions. Important terms include “bed and breakfast establishment,” “boarding house,” “commercial use,” “dwelling,” “dwelling unit,” “guesthouse,” “guestroom,” “hotel,” “residential purposes,” “residential use,” “rooming unit,” and “transient purposes.” The ordinance also regulates converting some dwelling units to a different use.
- Building and Housing Standards. Phoenix has rules and regulations specifying construction, design, and maintenance standards for buildings, including regulations on habitability, health, and safety. Certain regulations applicable to residential and non-residential uses may be relevant to your listing. Please refer to the City’s building codes here or contact the Planning & Development Department for more information.
- Hotel and Rental Taxes. Phoenix requires owners and operators of hotels and certain property rentals to apply for a license. You should consult Chapter 14 of the City Code to determine if these rules apply to your listing.
- Taxes. Phoenix assesses a sales tax on real property rentals and an additional transient lodging tax. Guests qualifying as a “permanent resident,” or guest stays of 30 days or more, are exempt from the transient lodging tax. Airbnb collects and remits these taxes in Phoenix; more information about that process is available here. The State of Arizona also assesses a transient lodging tax on guest stays of less than 30 days. More information about the state level tax can be found at the State's government website. Please consult your County rules to determine if additional taxes may apply.
- 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.
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: July 22, 2015