Short-Term Rentals

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A short-term rental (STR) is the renting out of a furnished home, apartment, accessory dwelling or condominium for typically less than 30 consecutive days on a weekly or nightly basis. These rentals are advertised on third party sites such as Airbnb and Homeaway.

Staff has drafted ordinance changes to three (3) chapters of the City Code and developed regulations that will allow STRs to operate within the City. The proposed changes include:

  • Ordinance changes (CTAM-8244-2019) to Chapter 24-Zoning- to include definition and use by zone changes associated with implementing short-term rentals. Additional minor housekeeping items, including correcting cross references and providing clarity to uses.

  • Establishing regulations- for the implementation and operation of short-term rentals, including requiring a license to operate.

  • Ordinance changes to Chapter 18AA-Rental Housing Licensing- to provide consistency by aligning definitions with those proposed in the Chapter 24 amendment related to short-term rentals and defining STR licensing requirements.

  • Ordinance changes to Chapter 3A-Hotel Rental Tax- to allow the application of the City’s Hotel Tax to short-term rentals and refine definitions.


The public hearings regarding these items was conducted on Monday, August 5, 2019. The Council’s records on these items will be open until 5 p.m. Friday September 27, 2019. Comments on any of the ordinance amendments or the regulations may be mailed to Planning & Code Administration, 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, or emailed to up until the closing of their respective records. For questions related to these hearings or the proposed changes, please contact either Neighborhood or Planning Services.