Donna deBit, Senior Planner, 509.625.6188
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 10:14 a.m.
Updated Dec. 19, 2023
This page refers to Short-term Rental properties (under 30 days). If you are looking for information on registering a Long-term Rental property (30+ days), please visit the most recent article about Long-term Rentals.
Starting January 2024, short-term rental hosts in the City of Spokane operating without a permit will receive a letter that they’ve been identified as having a non-compliant short-term rental.
This notice will include instructions on how to apply and provide a 30-day grace period to voluntarily become compliant.
The City Council passed amendments to the short-term rental regulations on July 10, 2023. Spokane Municipal Code – Chapter 17C.316: Short Term Rentals The regulations went into effect Sept. 1.
The ordinance updated the short-term rental regulations to better align with strategies outlined in the Housing Action Plan and the City Council Implementation Plan. Updates included:
Owners or operators of a short-term rental must submit an application for each rentable unit (e.g., if there is more than one unit being rented in a building, each unit must have its own permit). The application can be submitted online through the City’s application system, Accela Citizen Access (Spokanepermits.org). You must have all of the required documentation prepared in order to apply. Visit the short-term rental page for a list of required documents.
Once a short-term rental permit is approved, the owner or operator will receive a permit to be posted on site at the rental. Permits must be renewed annually.
The application fee for a short-term rental in a residential zone is $200 and $100 to renew (annually). The application fee for a short-term rental in other zones is $300, and $150 to renew (annually).
The City contracted with Granicus to assist with short-term rental monitoring, which will enhance communications between the City and short-term rental hosts.
For more information, see the resources below: