Occupancy restriction

Yes (based on the square footage of the rental property, the limit ranges from 6 to 14 people and the property's location within the city)

Length of Stay
29 days or less
Registration & Licensing Fees
A registration fee of $250 alongside an unstipulated convenience fee
Licenses or Permits Required
Yes, a permit is required
Property Inspection
Inspection is required
Guest Record
Yes, there is a guest record requirement for short-term rentals in Galveston, Texas.
Zoning

There are no zoning laws or restrictions for short-term rentals in Galveston but rental owners must obey other regulations.

Occupancy taxes and fees

A combined Hotel Occupancy Tax and State Hotel Occupancy Tax of 15%

Insurance requirement

Yes (minimum of $500,000)

Does any Building, Health & Safety Regulation affects STR?

Yes, there are building, health and safety regulations

Parking Requirement

Yes, there is a parking requirement for short-term rentals in Galveston, Texas. Short-term rental hosts must provide at least one off-street parking space for each bedroom in their rental unit.

Advertising Requirement

Yes, a license number is required for advertisement

Noise regulation

Yes, there is a noise regulation for short-term rentals in Galveston, Texas. The noise ordinance prohibits any sound that is louder than 63 decibels on property zoned as residential, and 72 decibels on industrial-zoned property. The noise ordinance is in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Neighbor Notification

Yes, there is a neighborhood notification requirement for short-term rentals in Galveston, Texas. Short-term rental hosts must notify all property owners within 200 feet of their rental unit of their intent to operate a short-term rental. The notification must be in writing and must be sent at least 14 days before the short-term rental host begins operating their short-term rental.

The notification must include the following information:

  • The address of the short-term rental unit
  • The contact information of the short-term rental host
  • The type of short-term rental (e.g., Airbnb, Vrbo, etc.)
  • The maximum number of guests that the short-term rental unit can accommodate
  • The dates and times that the short-term rental unit will be available
Limitation on number of STR owned

There is no limitation on the number of short-term rentals (STRs) that an individual can own in Galveston, Texas

Regulations on hosting events or parties in STR

Yes, there are regulations on hosting events or parties in short-term rentals (STRs) in Galveston, Texas. These regulations are designed to protect the peace and quiet of the Galveston community and to prevent STRs from becoming nuisance properties.

The following regulations apply to hosting events or parties in STRs in Galveston:

  • Noise: Events or parties cannot generate noise that is louder than 63 decibels on property zoned as residential, and 72 decibels on industrial-zoned property. The noise ordinance is in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Parking: STR hosts must provide guests with enough parking spaces to accommodate their event or party.
  • Trash: STR hosts are responsible for disposing of all trash generated by their event or party in a proper manner.
  • Neighbors: STR hosts must notify their neighbors of any event or party that they plan to host.
Regulations on hosting events or parties in STR

Yes, there are regulations on hosting events or parties in short-term rentals (STRs) in Galveston, Texas. These regulations are designed to protect the peace and quiet of the Galveston community and to prevent STRs from becoming nuisance properties.

The following regulations apply to hosting events or parties in STRs in Galveston:

  • Noise: Events or parties cannot generate noise that is louder than 63 decibels on property zoned as residential, and 72 decibels on industrial-zoned property. The noise ordinance is in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Parking: STR hosts must provide guests with enough parking spaces to accommodate their event or party.
  • Trash: STR hosts are responsible for disposing of all trash generated by their event or party in a proper manner.
  • Neighbors: STR hosts must notify their neighbors of any event or party that they plan to host.
Hosting events regulations
Restrictions on number of reservations

There is no restriction on the number of reservations that a short-term rental can take in a year in Galveston, Texas.

Waste disposal regulations

Yes, there are waste disposal regulations for short-term rentals in many jurisdictions. These regulations vary from place to place, but they typically cover the following topics:

  • Waste disposal requirements: Short-term rental hosts are typically required to provide their guests with access to waste disposal bins and to ensure that the waste is disposed of properly. This may involve sorting the waste into different types, such as recyclables, compostables, and general waste.
  • Waste collection: Short-term rental hosts may be required to arrange for regular waste collection from their rental units. This may involve contracting with a private waste collection company or using the municipal waste collection service.
  • Hazardous waste: Short-term rental hosts are typically responsible for disposing of hazardous waste from their rental units properly. This may involve taking the hazardous waste to a special collection facility or hiring a hazardous waste disposal company.
Accessibility Requirement

Yes, there are accessibility requirements for short-term rentals in Galveston, Texas. The accessibility requirements for short-term rentals in Galveston, Texas are based on the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing based on disability. The ADA prohibits discrimination in public accommodations, including hotels and motels.

waste disposal regulations
Waste disposal regulations

Yes, there are waste disposal regulations for short-term rentals in many jurisdictions. These regulations vary from place to place, but they typically cover the following topics:

  • Waste disposal requirements: Short-term rental hosts are typically required to provide their guests with access to waste disposal bins and to ensure that the waste is disposed of properly. This may involve sorting the waste into different types, such as recyclables, compostables, and general waste.
  • Waste collection: Short-term rental hosts may be required to arrange for regular waste collection from their rental units. This may involve contracting with a private waste collection company or using the municipal waste collection service.
  • Hazardous waste: Short-term rental hosts are typically responsible for disposing of hazardous waste from their rental units properly. This may involve taking the hazardous waste to a special collection facility or hiring a hazardous waste disposal company.
Emergency Contact Information

Yes, there is an emergency contact information requirement for short-term rentals in Galveston, Texas. Short-term rental hosts must provide their guests with emergency contact information, including the following:

  • The name and phone number of the short-term rental host
  • The name and phone number of a local emergency contact person (such as a friend, family member, or neighbor)
  • The phone number of the Galveston Police Department (409-763-8631)
  • The phone number of the Galveston Fire Department (409-763-8621)
What is short term rental?

Short-term Rental is defined as the use of a residential dwelling unit or accessory building on a temporary or transient basis for any period less than 30 consecutive days.

Are there STR regulations that affect property owners?

Hosts are required to obtain unique registration numbers for each STR property they own.

You are also required to notify Park Board by email at STRR@GALVESTONPARKBOARD.ORG if you decide to stop using your property for Short-term rentals.

Is there any short-term rental-related tax?

Yes, there are short-term rental related taxes.

Is it only individuals that are permitted to operate short-term rental?

Yes, individuals are permitted to operate short-term rental businesses in Galveston, Texas

What are the procedures and requirement for the neighborhood approval?
Do I need a neighborhood approval?

Yes, there is a neighborhood notification requirement for short-term rentals in Galveston, Texas. Short-term rental hosts must notify all property owners within 200 feet of their rental unit of their intent to operate a short-term rental. The notification must be in writing and must be sent at least 14 days before the short-term rental host begins operating their short-term rental.

The notification must include the following information:

  • The address of the short-term rental unit
  • The contact information of the short-term rental host
  • The type of short-term rental (e.g., Airbnb, Vrbo, etc.)
  • The maximum number of guests that the short-term rental unit can accommodate
  • The dates and times that the short-term rental unit will be available
Building, Health & Safety Regulation
Which of these taxes does Airbnb or other booking company collect?
What zoning laws affect Short Term Rentals?

There are no zoning laws or restrictions for short-term rentals in Galveston but rental owners must obey other regulations.

Is there any guest record requirement?

Yes, there are short-term rental related taxes.

Do i require any license(s) for STR?

Yes, you are required to register your property with Park Board and obtain a Galveston Vacation Rental (GVR) number.

Which tax(es) am i obligated to collect and remit?

9% Hotel Occupancy Tax rate for Galveston

The State Hotel Occupancy Tax of 6% will be paid to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (<https://comptroller.texas.gov/>) while the city's [Financial Management Services department]

Reports are due by the 20th of the month following the reporting period. Properties which do not generate more than $500 per month in taxes or $1,500 per quarter in taxes can report on a quarterly basis. Those due dates are April 20th, July 20th, October 20th and January 20th.

Failure to file a tax report results in a $25 fine.

You can request for Login credentials to file and pay your taxes quarterly with Park Board by sending an email to hottax@galvestonparkboard.org or by calling (409) 797-5132.

Which tax(es) am i obligated to collect and remit?

9% Hotel Occupancy Tax rate for Galveston

The State Hotel Occupancy Tax of 6% will be paid to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (<https://comptroller.texas.gov/>) while the city's [Financial Management Services department]

Reports are due by the 20th of the month following the reporting period. Properties which do not generate more than $500 per month in taxes or $1,500 per quarter in taxes can report on a quarterly basis. Those due dates are April 20th, July 20th, October 20th and January 20th.

Failure to file a tax report results in a $25 fine.

You can request for Login credentials to file and pay your taxes quarterly with Park Board by sending an email to hottax@galvestonparkboard.org or by calling (409) 797-5132.

Tax
What ZIP Codes have been prohibited for STR use?

There are no zip codes that have been prohibited for STR use in Galveston, Texas. However, there are some neighborhoods in Galveston that have their own restrictions on STRs. For example, some neighborhoods only allow STRs to be operated in certain types of properties, such as single-family homes. Additionally, some neighborhoods may only allow STRs to be rented for a certain number of days per year.

What types of properties are eligible for short-term rentals?

Accessory dwelling units (ADU),

Duplexes,

Multifamily homes,

Single-family homes

Does occupancy limit affect STR?

Yes, occupancy limit affects short-term rentals in Galveston

What STR regulations affect me as an Owner?

Hosts are to renew their registration annually and renewal registration begins December 1 till December 31 every year.

A minimum liability insurance of $500,000 is required.

What are the procedures or requirements for keeping the guest records?

You may register your property online (<https://str.deckard.com/tx-galveston-city_of_galveston-str>)

Requirements for registration include your property address or GCAD number (found at www.galvestoncad.org, number of bedrooms, sleeping capacity, the name and telephone number of a 24-hour local contact for the property, and a bank account (ACH) or credit card for the registration fee of $250 alongside a convenience fee.

A new registration is required when ownership changes.

Notification
What are the occupancy limits for STR?

Maximum occupancy limit for vacation rentals in Galveston is based on the square footage of the rental property, the limit ranges from 6 to 14 people and the property's location within the city.

What other STR regulations am i obligated to observe?

Advertising Requirements: Galveston City Council requires short-term rental operators to display the registration number at their rentals and in any advertising of the rental.

Hosts are also obligated to observe health and safety standards, including adequate fire exits, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors.

What are the penalties and fines for non compliance?

Failure to comply with the STR registration or HOT payment requirements is punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) per offense. Each day constitutes7 a separate offense.

Late payment penalties and interest are assessed on all payments received after the due date.

Delinquent and non-registered properties are subject to legal action.

Maximum penalty for offenses related to fire safety, zoning, public health and sanitation is $2,000.

Is there any official regulatory body or authority?

Yes, the City of Galveston Planning and Development Services Department is the Administrative Agency for Short-term rentals in Galveston.

How can i contact the authority?

City of Galveston Planning and Development Services Department

823 25th Street

Galveston, TX 77550

Phone: (409) 797-3660

Email: planning@downtowngalveston.org

Which jurisdictions are exempted from the regulations?

There are no zoning restrictions for STRs in the City of Galveston

What are the requirements and fees for the permit (s)?

You may register your property online (<https://str.deckard.com/tx-galveston-city_of_galveston-str>)

Requirements for registration include your property address or GCAD number (found at www.galvestoncad.org, number of bedrooms, sleeping capacity, the name and telephone number of a 24-hour local contact for the property, and a bank account (ACH) or credit card for the registration fee of $250 alongside a convenience fee.

A new registration is required when ownership changes.

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