When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it is important for you to understand the laws in your region or city. As a platform and online marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to provide resources that may help you better understand applicable laws and regulations.
This list is not exhaustive, but it may give you a good start in understanding your local laws. If you have questions, visit the short-term rental homepage or other government agencies directly, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
Relevant information for Hosts
Short-term rental regulations
The Phoenix City Council passed the Short-Term Vacation Rental Ordinance in January 2020. It requires owners of short-term or vacation rentals to register with the city through this form, and provide emergency and complaint contact information. The ordinance also outlines prohibited uses of vacation rentals and sets penalties for violations ($400 for first offense, $1000 for second within 12 months, $1500 for third offense within 12 month period). Check the city’s site for more information about rules for short-term rentals.
Hotel and rental taxes
Phoenix requires owners and operators of hotels and certain property rentals to apply for a license. You should consult Chapter 14 of the City Code to determine if these rules apply to your listing.
Building and housing standards
Phoenix has rules and regulations specifying construction, design, and maintenance standards for buildings, including regulations on habitability, health, and safety. Certain regulations applicable to residential and non-residential uses may be relevant to your listing. Please refer to the City’s building codes here or contact the Planning & Development Department for more information.
Phoenix assesses a sales tax on real property rentals and an additional transient lodging tax. Guests qualifying as a “permanent resident,” or guest stays of 30 days or more, are exempt from the transient lodging tax. Airbnb collects and remits these taxes in Phoenix; more information about that process is available here. The State of Arizona also assesses a transient lodging tax on guest stays of less than 30 days. More information about the state level tax can be found at the State's government website. Please consult your County rules to determine if additional taxes may apply.
Airbnb has detailed information about state and local taxes for Hosts available in our Tax Help Center.
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