After more than a year of public review and 1,000 public comments, the City Commission adopted regulations for Short Term Rentals (formerly known as extended stay lodgings or vacation rentals). The new regulations took effect on December 1, 2017.
All new Short Term Rentals must comply with the new regulations. Previously approved extended stay lodgings must comply with the new regulations as they need to renew licensing with the City or other agency.
Short Term Rentals are only permitted within lawfully permitted dwellings and building and fire codes apply in addition to the STR regulations.
The new regulations include an opportunity for existing users who may not be presently approved to seek approval subject to the new regulations. Depending on the zoning district your property is located in, a conditional use permit may be required if the property was not previously approved as an STR. Additional information on registration is included in the frequently asked questions section.
The online Short Term Rental Registration Portal registration portal is now available.
Additional items to consider
The City of Bozeman registration process does not address every issue which may be applicable to operation of a short term rental, including but not limited to taxes, insurance, health code, and other legal issues outside of the City’s regulations. Persons interested in having a short term rental should also check mortgage or lease/rental terms, home owner covenants, and insurance policies as standard homeowner's insurance may not cover short-term rental use. Check to make sure you have adequate home, personal property, and liability insurance. If you have tax, insurance, health code, or legal questions please consult an appropriate professional. The City of Bozeman does not advise on issues related to short term rentals other than its own regulations.
Access full size Short Term Rental Map Application
Short Term Rental FAQs
- Ordinance 1974 Regulating Short Term Rentals - sig'd
- STR Inspection Approval EXAMPLE
- STR Registration Flowchart 012218.docx
- How to Create a Sketch Plan with Map Viewer Tool
- MT Dept of Revenue - Lodging Guide
- Sketch Plan & Site Plan Examples
- Notice for Adjacent Residences (Type 2 STR Only)
- Fire-Safety Inspection Checklist for STR