Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

Development Services

From Concept to Construction

Phone: 503-823-7300

TTY : 503-823-6868

1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

Short-term Rentals - Upcoming Events and Current Regulations

The Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (BPS) is working on a zoning code amendment package (RICAP 6) that includes amendments to a number of current zoning regulations, including the City’s short-term rental regulations.  With the exception of the short-term rental regulations, all other RICAP 6 code amendments were approved by City Council on June 11, 2014 and will become effective July 11, 2014. 

Upcoming Events

There are two upcoming events focused on the recommended changes to the City's short-term rental regulations contained in RICAP 6.  The next events are:

For more information on the proposed changes to the City's short-term rental regulations, please see the BPS RICAP website.  

Current Regulations

If you have questions about the current regulations that govern short-term rentals, please review the following information: 

  • The Bureau of Development Services, Planning and Zoning (503) 823-7526, for questions about current zoning code regulations. 
  • The State's Building Code Occupancy standards determine whether or not a room or space is permitted to be used as a sleeping area/dwelling. The easiest way to determine the occupancy of a space is to visit the Bureau's Resource/Records counter during our Permit Center business hours. You can research the occupancy records for the structure; however, there is a $15 charge per address.  Once you have obtained the records it is helpful to consult with the Life Safety Plans Examiners in the Development Services Center.
  • Contact the Revenue Bureau at 503-823-5157 to understand any appropriate transient/hospitality taxes and business license requirements.