Short Term Rentals

Updated: 5/10/2022

Click the "STR Permits" tab for information on applications / permitting


Washoe County STR
Announcements & Updates

STR Permit Occupancy Updates After May 21st

The latest STR Ordinance has been adopted today, May 10, 2022, at the BCC meeting. Please do not email Washoe County Planning staff with requests to have your occupancy updated until AFTER May 21, 2022, as we must wait for the appeal period to pass before staff can implement any changes. Thank you for your patience.


Short-Term Rental Permit Renewals are Live!

CLICK HERE to view a How To Guide for starting the STR permit renewal process. 

Please note that you will not be able to start the renewal process prior to 30 days before permit expiration.

Newly Proposed Language for STR Occupancy Calculation Waiting for Adoption:

"The occupant load shall be calculated as two (2) occupants for every legally permitted bedroom in accordance with Section 110.319.20(a)(1). The remainder of the home (excluding bedrooms) shall be calculated as one (1) occupant for every 200 square feet of habitable space in accordance with Table 1004.5 of the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) or the currently adopted edition."

The development code amendment also encompasses other provisions, like application processing requirements, parking, insurance and bear boxes. More information is available under the Public Meetings tab.

The first reading of the proposed changes was heard by the Washoe County Board of County Commissioners on April 12, 2022. The first reading was approved and the item is scheduled for a second reading on May 10, 2022.


New Instructions posted for Paying for Permits Online!

  • CLICK HERE to read the "How To: Short Term Rental ACA Payment Instructions"


Where are the Short Term Rentals in my area?

Check the Washoe Regional Mapping System (WRMS) for STRs near you.

You can search STR applications and permit records online. CLICK HERE to learn how to search STR records.

Insurance Info for STRs advertising on Airbnb:

airbnb logoIf you are hosting with Airbnb, they will provide a liability insurance that meets Washoe County's STR ordinance requirements. Please contact: with your name and STR property address requesting a certificate of liability insurance. Upload your insurance certificate when you submit your STR Permit online.

Please note that your Airbnb insurance policy will not cover liability when renting through another platform.

STR Permits Required for the Unincorporated Areas of Washoe County ONLY! 

Short Term Rentals are currently required to obtain permits in the unincorporated areas of Washoe County ONLY.  If your STR is within the City of Reno or the City of Sparks, you will NOT be able to obtain a permit.  Permits within the Cities' limits are not available at this time.

Click the map icon or copy and paste this link
 to see if your STR location is within the unincorporated areas of Washoe County or if it is within one of the City's limits.  Areas highlighted in "orange" indicate the unincorporates areas of Washoe County.

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