Donna deBit

City to Start Short-term Rental Monitoring in January 2024

Donna deBit, Senior Planner, 509.625.6188

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 10:14 a.m.

City to Start Short-term Rental Monitoring in January 2024

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:

  • allowing short term rentals in all zones that allow residential uses;
  • limiting the number of short-term rental units in a structure; and
  • requiring a property owner to maintain basic safety features in the rental unit by submitting an Annual Life Safety Compliance form.


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 ( 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.

Reach out to the Development Services Center, or 509.625.6188, with any questions.

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