Do I Need a Business License to List my Property on Airbnb

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As an Airbnb host, it is important to understand the laws and regulations in your jurisdiction. Airbnb does not provide legal advice, but they do provide some useful considerations that may help you better understand the laws and regulations in your area 1Here are some things to consider:

Business Licenses

Many jurisdictions require owners or operators of certain businesses to apply for and obtain a license before the business can be operated. In certain jurisdictions, hosts of Airbnb experiences may be required to register their experiences as a business with the local government and/or at the national or federal/regional level. In jurisdictions with business licensing requirements, failure to register could result in fines, penalties, and/or the disruption of the experiences until proper registration is completed 2.

Special Permits

Some jurisdictions may require a special permit to rent out your home. Contact your local government to see if you need one, and, if you do, how to get it 1.


Many jurisdictions require hosts to collect a tax for each overnight stay and pay that tax to the city or other jurisdiction. Contact your local government to see if you need to collect any taxes. In certain jurisdictions, Airbnb automatically collects and remits certain taxes on your behalf 1.

Short-term Rental Permits

Hosts in residentially zoned properties are required to obtain a short-term rental permit and business license in some cities. While the short-term rental permit must be obtained from the city, the business license may be obtained from the state or county 3.

It is important to note that the laws and regulations vary by jurisdiction, so it is important to check with your local government to determine what laws apply to you. Airbnb provides some resources to help you understand the laws in your area, but it is always a good idea to consult a local lawyer or tax professional if you have any questions 4.



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