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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 (PDF).

About Sh​​​ort-Term Rentals

Short-Term Rental Unit is a dwelling that is rented for 30 consecutive days or less by 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 of the UDC (PDF) 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​ (PDF) 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.


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Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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