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.
Registration and Renewal
The STR regulations require each STR to maintain a current registration. Registered STR must renew their registration each year. Registrations which expire may not be renewed and must begin again with a new registration. Additional information on registration is included in the frequently asked questions section.
The online Short Term Rental Registration Portal is now available.
Renewing STRs may follow these Renewal Instructions w/ Screenshots.
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
- Fire-Safety Inspection Checklist for STR
- How to Create a Sketch Plan with Map Viewer Tool
- MT Dept of Revenue - Lodging Guide
- Notice for Adjacent Residences (Type 2 STR Only)
- Ordinance 1974 Regulating Short Term Rentals - signed
- Sketch Plan & Site Plan Examples
- STR Inspection Approval EXAMPLE
- STR Registration Flowchart 012218.docx
- STR Renewal Instructions w Screenshots