Short-Term Rentals (STR)

This page offers information on Short Term Rentals and some options for changes to the current city ordinance. The public was invited to send in their feedback last summer. This information was compiled and presented to City Council. Visit the City Council Calendar or Legistar page to view agendas for upcoming meetings about STRs.


Data Mining Report on STRs

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Last summer, City staff selected a firm to identify short-term rentals currently operating in the city.

Deckard Technologies Inc. identified 68 legal short-term rental properties and 565 properties where potential illegal short-term rental use is occurring. Over the past year, there have been 814 properties that operated as short-term rentals, with more than 2,400 listings. The Report can be found here(PDF, 9MB).


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a short-term rental (STR)

Short-term rentals are residential properties available for rent for guest lodging for a period ranging from 1 to 29 days.

Where are STRs currently allowed in Fort Worth?

  • Mixed-use and most form-based districts, commercial and industrial districts with a Certificate of Occupancy from the Development Services Department.
    • They are not allowed in residential districts, such as those zoned single-family, two-family and multi-family areas.

Use the Interactive Zoning Portal to learn where STRs are allowed or view the Interactive Zoning Map with layers to understand the zoning requirements.

 

How are zoning violations for STRs currently enforced?

The city’s Code Compliance Department investigates on a complaint basis. When violations are observed, warning/citations are issued to property owners. The city cannot issue citations based on advertisements or online bookings alone.

What are the City’s goals related to this process?

  1. Preserve residential quality of neighborhoods and protect from commercial lodging encroachment.
  2. Ensure health and safety of guests and residents.
  3. Support tourism in a balanced way.
  4. Preserve residential housing supply.
  5. Collect Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) from legal STRs.
  6. Minimize impact on staff and recover costs for code enforcement.

Proposed options continue to be revised and vetted as litigation across the nation shapes the short-term rental discussion and regulations.

 

Proposed registration for legal STRs:

As part of the changes being considered, staff recommends requiring registration for all legal STRs through a third-party platform. The registration would include the following provisions:

  • Annual fee to cover city costs (platform and enforcement)
  • HOT collection (cannot be used for administration or enforcement)
  • Property owner registers/consents; registration non-transferrable
  • 24/7 local contact and liability insurance
  • Affidavit for safety protocols (smoke/CO2 detectors, fire sprinkler, etc.)
  • One guest/group at a time
  • Limited to 3 people/bedroom, max of 9 people
  • On-site parking only with parking plan required
  • No events/parties; no outdoor gatherings or music after 10 p.m.
  • Require Good Neighbor Guide (comply with noise, trash, parking ordinances)
  • Advertising for STR requires registration
  • Registration placed on probation or revoked based on violations
  • The city would require advertising platforms (Airbnb, VRBO, etc.) to only allow advertising for STRs registered with the city.

 

Last summer, four options were taken out for public input. Council will receive updated information on the options available to them at their December 6 Work Session.

During the Dec. 6, 2022 Work Session, City staff intends to brief the City Council on proposed operating standards for legal short-term rentals and on potential zoning options for short-term rentals illegally operating in residential zoning districts.

These are the four options that were previously presented. 

Option 1: Current Ordinance – Continue to require zoning change for STRs in residential zoning to PD Planned Development, mixed-use or commercial zoning.

Option 2: Treat owner-occupied STRs as Bed and Breakfast Homes. This would require conditional use permit with a 5-year time limit. It would not be allowed in single-family zoning; only allowed with a conditional use permit in 2-family and multi-family zoning with 400 ft. separation. Treat investor-owned STRs similar to Bed and Breakfast Inns and require conditional use permit (CUP) with five-year time limit and would not allow single-family zoning; only allowed with CUP in high-density multi-family. Would continue to require zoning change for all STRs in single-family zoning.

Option 3: Allow owner-occupied STRs by conditional use permit in all residential districts, up to 5-10% of block or multifamily building. Allow investor-owned STRs by conditional use permit in multifamily districts, up to 5-10% of block or multifamily building. Continue to require zoning change for all others.

Option 4: Allow owner-occupied STRs by right in certain neighborhoods or citywide, up to 5-10% of block or multifamily building and fewer than 30 booking nights per year. Require a conditional use permit or zoning change for all others.