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 Dallas. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. We’ll continue to update this information as more becomes available. If you have questions, you can visit the City of Dallas website, contact the Dallas Office of Planning and Urban Design directly, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
Short-term rental regulations
Hosts in Dallas are required to register their homes with the City. Short term rentals are residential properties or part of a residential property that is rented for fewer than 30 nights.
Hosts are also required to collect hotel occupancy taxes (HOT) from their guests and report and pay all HOT to the City every month.
Visit the Dallas Short Term Rentals page for more information.
Step 1: Check your eligibility
For registration and taxation purposes, Dallas defines any building in which a member of the public can obtain sleeping accommodations as a “hotel”. This means that a host does not have to reside in the property that they are listing. Consult the FAQ page if you have questions.
Step 2: Get a registration number
Hosts can register their property through this link. The city will review the application and will confirm through email once the registration is approved.
Hosts must also register with the Texas State Comptroller in order to pay the state hotel occupancy tax.
The Dallas City Council is considering regulations on short-term rentals in residential zones but has yet to act on any proposals. The Office of Planning and Urban Design is the best place to track changes made to city regulations.
Step 3: Add your registration number to your listing
As a last step, you’ll need to add your license number to your listing to finalize your registration with the city. Once you add your number, your registration will be complete and you can continue hosting short-term stays.
Renewing your registration
You’ll need to renew your registration annually before the close of the city’s fiscal year, September 30th. The city will notify you when the registration period is open.
Other contracts and rules
As a host, you need to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, including leases, co-op rules, HOA rules, or other rules established by tenant organizations. You should be able to find out more by contacting your housing authority (such as a community council) or landlord. Your lease (or other contract) might also have specific details.
Our commitment to your community
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.