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Short Term Rental Permitting

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What are Short Term Rentals (STRs)?

They are dwelling units used as short term rentals less than 30 days in length.  To review the city code click here.

Where are STRs allowed?

STRs are allowed in residential and commercial zones. Please contact the Sandpoint Planning Department to find what zone you are located in.

Are there different types of STRs?

Yes. STRs in residential zones fall into two categories:

  • Owner Occupied: Where the owner of a dwelling unit resides on the parcel for a minimum of 6 months out of a calendar year.Homeowner occupied tax exempt status shall be considered to be proof of homeowner occupied status. There is no restriction on the number of owner-occupied STRs city wide.
  • Non-owner Occupied: Any parcel that does not meet the standards of owner occupied status is considered non-owner occupied. Units that fall into this category are limited to 35 in residential zones city wide (approximately 1% of all housing units in residential zones). If 35 units already exist you may request to be placed on a waiting list to obtain a permit.

How many STRs can I have?

You may obtain a permit for one STR per parcel.  For example, if you own a parcel with a single family dwelling unit and an accessory dwelling unit you may obtain a permit to rent out one or the other as a vacation rental, not both at once.

How do I get my property permitted?

  1. Check with the Planning Department first to see if your property is eligible.
  2. If your property is eligible, fill out the Planning Department application.
  3. Schedule an inspection with the Building Division.
  4. Fill out the Resort City Tax application form.
  5.  Turn in the following to the Planning Department and pay the fee:
  6. *You must also include the following if applying for a non-owner occupied STR: 
    • Notify neighbors within 200 feet of your parcel by mailing them a letter telling them of your intentions (ensure you include the phone # of the local representative in this letter).  Typically, title companies will generate the required address list. 

    If you have any additional questions, please contact Sandpoint Planning Department (208) 263-3370.