College Station, Texas
When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it's important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to provide some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in College Station. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. We’ll continue to update this information as more becomes available. If you have questions, you can visit the College Station website, contact the Code Department directly, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
Short-term rental regulations
Hosts in College Station are required to obtain a permit from the city to host short-term stays fewer than 30 consecutive nights.
Only owner-occupied short term rentals are allowed in the General Suburban, Restricted Suburban, or Wellborn Restricted Suburban zones, while non-owner occupied units are allowed in residential zones other than GS, RS, and WRS
For more information on short term rentals in College Station, consult the city's short term rentals page.
Step 1: Check your eligibility
Hosts must provide an informational brochure to guests that includes pertinent neighborhood information, how to contact the operator, and local emergency numbers. They must also ensure that the rental has working smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and if using gas/propane, and one fire extinguisher per floor.
Hosts must also maintain the rental in compliance with applicable city codes and collect and remit local hotel occupancy tax from guest stays, filing on a monthly basis
College Station has three types of short term rentals.
- Bed & breakfast facility in a residential zoning district
- Single-family dwelling
- Proprietor’s permanent residence
- No more than four unrelated occupy overnight
- No more than four rooms where shared/common bathrooms are provided
- No more than one meal is served daily
- Single-family dwelling
- Located in a residential zoning district of General Suburban (GS), Restricted Suburban (RS), or Wellborn Restricted Suburban (WRS)
- Owner-occupied or non-owner-occupied
- Single-family, duplex/triplex/fourplex, multifamily, manufactured home
- Located in a residential zoning district other than GS, RS, or WRS
Step 2: Acquiring a Permit
Hosts can apply for a permit online through the College Station permit portal. Hosts must receive a login and password before applying online. Request access to the online permitting system by emailing STR@cstx.gov with name, permanent (i.e., your homestead property) address, email address, and phone number.
Hosts must provide a homestead exemption (if required), Guest Information Guide, and hotel occupancy tax evidence (if applicable).
Hosts will then be notified to schedule a safety inspection. This is a checklist of requirements to pass the inspection.
After the permit is issued, hosts will have to register to pay local hotel occupancy taxes and file reports.
The total cost for a permit is $100. The inspection fee is $100.
Step 3: Add your registration number to your listing
As a last step, you’ll need to add your license number to your listing to finalize your registration with the city. Once you add your number, your registration will be complete and you can continue hosting short-term stays.
Renewing your registration
You’ll need to renew your license and pay a $75 renewal fee and a $104 fee for a renewal safety inspection. Licenses expire one year from the date they are issued.
Other contracts and rules
As a host, you need to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, including leases, co-op rules, HOA rules, or other rules established by tenant organizations. You should be able to find out more by contacting your housing authority (such as a community council) or landlord. Your lease (or other contract) might also have specific details.
Our commitment to your community
We are committed to working with local officials to help them understand how Airbnb benefits our community. Where needed, we will continue to advocate for changes that will allow regular people to rent out their own homes.