The City has determined that regulation of short-term rentals is necessary to establish a community standard for the health, safety, and welfare of visitors and residents.
Towards that end, the City has determined that all persons or entities that desire to operate a short-term rental unit within the city must be issued a license pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 97 - Short-Term Rentals.
About Short-Term Rentals
Short-Term Rental Unit is a dwelling that is rented for 30 consecutive days or less to persons other than the permanent resident or owner.
The City has defined three types of Short-Term Rental Units:
General Requirements for All Short-Term Rentals
- A Short-Term Rental Unit cannot exceed the allowable occupancy for that unit. See Section 5.16.1.A.2 (PDF) of the UDC for more information on occupancy.
- A Short-Term Rental Unit is not permitted to be rented in a manner that requires a person to sleep in an area that is not habitable. See Chapter 105 (Housing Code) for more information on sleeping requirements.
- The Short-Term Rental Unit license number and maximum occupancy must be included in the advertisement for that unit.
- The Short-Term Rental Unit Host is responsible for all nuisance and enforcement complaints on their premises.
- See Chapter 97 - Short-Term Rentals for specific requirements for Short-Term Rental Units.
Short-Term Rental Licensing
- Apply online through STREAM under the license tab
- Select short term rental license for the appropriate property structure.
- Licenses will be issued by the corresponding unit within the City of Ann Arbor. Please note the review process could take up to 21 business days.
- Properties with several units for rent will need a separate license for each unit. The fee for each license is $500 to be paid at the time of application submission.
- The application fee includes police, fire treasury and rental review, administration cost for processing and the certificate to post onsite.
- Each license will be renewed on an annual basis (one year from the date of issuance). Short Term rentals that fail to register and retain a license will be subject to enforcement.