When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it is important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to give you some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in Park City. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. If you have questions, contact the Planning Department, the Department of Building Safety, or other city agencies directly, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
- Land Management Code. The Land Management Code regulates most land use in Park City. You should consult this to see if your listing is consistent with current zoning requirements or use definitions. Important terms include: accessory apartment; accessory use; bed and breakfast inn; boarding house; commercial use; dwelling; dwelling unit; guest house; lockout units; lodging use; hotel/motel; nightly rental; residential use; and secondary living quarters.
- Building and Housing Standards. Park City enforces rules and regulations specifying minimum construction, design, and maintenance standards for buildings, including regulations on habitability, health, and safety. Certain rules and regulations applicable to residential and non-residential uses may be relevant to your listing. Please review Park City’s official regulations, located in Title 11 of the Municipal Code, or contact the Department of Building Safety directly.
- Nightly Rental License. All owners or operators planning to offer overnight lodging for a fee must apply for and obtain a Nightly Rental License from the City. You can download the application here. As part of the application process, the building department will conduct an inspection of the unit to be offered for overnight lodging. The City also directs hosts to verify with the Planning Department that the listing is consistent with zoning requirements. Hosts are required to abide by certain management standards, including identifying a local contact person in case of emergencies or neighbor complaints. For more information, review this page on the city website and Section 4-2-18 of the Municipal Code, or contact the Planning Department.
- Taxes. The State of Utah authorizes the imposition of transient room taxes by cities and counties. The State collects this tax on behalf of the cities and counties that impose the tax. The transient room tax is imposed on hotels, inns, vacation homes or houses, and other short-term rentals. A “short-term rental” is defined as a guest stay of less than 30 days. More information about the transient room tax is available on Utah's FAQ page.
- Other Rules. It's also important to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, such as leases, condo board or co-op rules, HOA rules, or rules established by tenant organizations. Please read your lease agreement and check with your landlord if applicable.
We are committed to working with local officials to help them understand how Airbnb benefits our community. Where needed, we will continue to advocate for changes that will allow regular people to rent out their own homes.
Last updated: January 26, 2015