This page is only designed to give you an overview of the local requirements, but it is the host duty to know the legislation and to comply with the local laws. misterb&b is not a legal adviser : you should have a look at the relevant laws and contact the local authorities or a local professional for further understanding.
Definition of accessory short-term rental
The City of Portland has added a Section 33.207 at the Portland Zoning Code to regulate Accessory Short-Term Rental. It defines ASTR as "an accessory short-term rental is where an individual or family resides in a dwelling unit and rents bedrooms to overnight guests for fewer than 30 consecutive days". It results from this definition that the Hosts must be leaving at least 270 days per year in the rented out unit. The Hosts can rent out their residences in their absence only 95 days per year.
Types of accommodation
ASTRs are allowed in all residential structure types (houses, attached houses, duplexes, manufactured homes on its own lot and accessory dwelling units) as long as it stays accessory to a Household Living Use. It is only prohibited in buildings subject to Chapter 13 of the Uniform Building Code in some cases (see Portland Zoning Code Section 33.207.040.A.5).
Rental permit process
Section 33.207 of the Portland City Code requires the Hosts to apply for a rental permit at the Bureau of Development Services. The permit procedure may differ according to the types of accessory short-term rental :
- Type A permit - 1 or 2 bedrooms rented out : it is required first to notice the rental activity to the neighbors (notice for 1-2 dwelling(s) structure and for multi-dwellings structure). It is then required to submit to the BDS a copy of the notification letter and 2 copies of a permit application (application for 1-2 dwelling(s) structure and for multi-dwellings structure). 1-2 dwelling structure Type A short-term rental may go through a BDS inspection to complete the permit procedure. For more information, visit this page about 1-2 Dwelling Structure Type A permit and this one about Multi-dwellings structure Type A permit.
- Type B permit - 3-5 bedrooms rented out : the type B permit is delivered after a Conditional Use Land Use review (here is the application). The application will be reviewed for compliance with use-related regulations and standards of Portland Zoning Code Section 33.207.050. For more information, visit this page about Type B permit.
Important : the Hosts must include the short-term rental permit number on their misterb&b listings To do so, when connected on your misterb&b account, you go to “edit my listing” > “address”.
For more information, contact the Bureau of Development Services or call it at (503) 823-7526.
Accessory short-term rentals are considered a business and have to register as such, within 60 days of starting. The registration can be processed online. Once completed, it is required to pay the City of Portland Business License Tax and the Multnomah County Business Tax (business grossing not exceeding $50,000 per year are exempted). For more information about business taxes, see this FAQ on the official website of the City of Portland.
Occupancy standards and safety requirements
Each rented out bedroom must respect the Building Code requirements for a sleeping room (except bedrooms in multi-dwelling structures and in triplexes). It must also be equipped with a smoke detector and a functioning carbon monoxide alarm (unless there is no carbon monoxide source in the dwelling unit).
Occupancy taxes may be assessed on short-term rentals, i.e. the City Portland Occupancy Tax (6%) et the Multnomah County Occupancy Tax (5,5 %). We take care of collecting and remitting these taxes to the Stage/City of Portland on your behalf.
For more information about accessory short-term rentals, visit this portal on the official website of the City of Portland official website.