Short Term Rental Registration Portal & Instructions

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Please contact Ken Phillips at with any questions regarding short term rental registration


Registration Portal


Short Term Rental Registration Process Steps


 Step One  Step Two  Step Three
 Pre-Registration  State & County Requirements Fire Inspection

Identify your STR Type and zone of STR property to determine eligibility.

Do not skip this step!!
Apply for your Public Accommodations License with Gallatin County Health Dept.

Apply for a Lodging Tax ID with the MT Department of Revenue.
Schedule your Vacation Rental Fire inspection via Bozeman Fire's page. 



Step Four  Step Five
Sketch Plan / Floor Plan  Registration

Create an interior floor plan and exterior sketch plan of the property.  See our sketch plan and floor plan examples.

Follow the short term rental registration instructions. 

You will receive a letter upon approval of your STR.

Short Term Rental (STR) Registration Materials | What You’ll Need to Register

In order to register for a Short Term Rental (STR) you will need to submit certain information through the registration website. All persons registering must provide this information. Some of these items will require advance preparation before beginning the registration process. Please prepare the following before beginning the registration process:

  • Contact Information for Property Owner
  • Contact Information for Property Manager
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Rental Property Address
  • Property Parcel Number
  • Type of STR being registered – for FULL definitions see Section 38.360.250.D. of the municipal code
    • Type 1 (Owner present during rental)
    • Type 2 (Owner’s primary residence, duplex or ADU - owner not present during rental period)
    • Type 3 (Entire home, not owner’s primary residence) These are restricted from residential districts.

  • Zoning district – Short term rentals are only allowed in some zoning districts. The allowed districts are shown below. Type I STR are allowed in all districts, Type 2 are allowed in all but RS and R1, and Type 3 are not allowed in residential districts. If you don’t know what your property is zoned you may find out on the Community Development web viewer.


Residential Suburban District


Residential Low Density District


Residential  Moderate Density District


Residential Medium Density District


Residential High Density District


Residential Mixed-Use High Density District


Residential-Office District


Residential Emphasis Mixed-use District


Community Business District


Community Business District—Mixed


Central Business District


Urban Mixed-Use District


Northeast Historic Mixed-Use District


  • Sketch Plan of Property: This is a scaled drawing of your property showing the lot boundaries, building location, location and number of parking stalls. This will need to be uploaded as a digital file so please have that prepared before beginning the registration process. View an example of a sketch plan and floor plan here. You may also create a sketch plan using our Community Development Map Viewer tool.

  • Number of bedrooms – how may locations in the home are you proposing for people to sleep?

  • Number of parking spaces – how many parking spaces are available to guests? These can include spaces within a garage only if the guests will have access to the garage during their stay.

  • Maximum number of guests – not more than two guests per sleeping area are allowed.

  • Lodging Tax (Bed Tax) ID number: The Tax ID number is issued by the Montana Department of Revenue. You can find necessary forms and materials through their LODGING FACILITY SALES AND USE TAX page. If you have questions with the lodging (bed) tax process, please reach out to the MT Department of Revenue for Assistance.  You can reach them at (406) 444-6900; they also provide a  Lodging Tax Guide.

  • Fire Inspection - If you have already received a fire inspection please upload a digital file of the approved inspection. If you have not completed a fire inspection you will need to schedule one and pay the appropriate fee. The schedule is managed online at Bozeman Fire’s Please see the Short Term Rental Inspection Checklist in order to prepare for your inspection. 

  • Accommodations License - A public accommodations license is issued by the Montana Department of Health and Human Services after inspection by the Gallatin City-County Health Department. You can find forms and application materials here.

    The Accommodations License can be applied for at the same time as your STR registration.  The approved accommodations license must be included with the STR registration. Approval will not be granted for the STR rental until Accommodations License has been finalized.  This license will also require a Fire Inspection, so please schedule your Fire Inspection after registration with the City.  Once we have documented Fire Inspection approval, Gallatin County Health Department will be able to utilize this to finalize the Accommodations License process.

  • Notice to Adjoining Residences - For those registering a Type 2 STR in a residential zoning district, you will need to have previously given notice of the intent to register to all adjacent properties. The City has created a form to enable you to do this. Complete the form and provide a copy by mail or in person to the residents of each adjacent property. An adjacent residence includes other homes in the same building or may be on adjacent lots including across streets or alleys. Click the link above for examples of adjacent residences in addition to the Notice form.

  • Registration Fee - An annual registration fee of $250 is required.

Grandfathered Rentals:

Ordinance 1974, effective on December 1, 2017, established the current short term rental standards and procedures. Special procedures were included for the transition from earlier rules to the new ones. These were contained in sections 7 and 8 of the ordinance. The transition opportunities have expired. All applications for short term rentals must now follow all current standards and procedures.

  • STR Registration FAQs

    • Do I need to renew my registration?

    • File Upload: What files will be accepted?

    • How will I know if my STR has been approved?

    • My house was inspected recently as a new construction (Occupancy) – do I still need a fire inspection?

    • What if my address isn’t listed when creating a license?

Short-Term Rental Complaint/Comment

If a home in your area is being rented as a vacation rentals (or other type of rental for less than 30 days a a time) use the button below to lodge a complaint if they are exceeding noise expectations, parking, garbage, or other issues.

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