Short-Term Rentals

A short-term rental license is required for the rental of any dwelling, portion thereof, or habitable accessory structure for a temporary period of time up to 30 consecutive days per guest within a 90-day period. This includes rentals through third-party companies such as Airbnb and VRBO.

About The Short-Term Rental License

Only the owner of the property can operate a short-term rental, not a renter or a leaseholder.

Fees & Expiration

The fee for initial application to operate a short-term rental is $100. Licenses expire annually on January 31. The renewal fee for a license before it expires is $10.


Ordinance 3435 authorizes short-term rentals in three residential zoning districts: single-family small lot residential (RSS), single-family large lot residential (RSL), and two-family residential (RT). See our online zoning map for more information about zoning districts.

Lodging or Room Tax

The short-term rental pays for the lodging or room tax either with the property owner obtaining a sales tax certificate from the State of Oklahoma or having a rental agent collect the tax.

Apply For A Short-Term Rental License

To apply for a short-term rental license, you must complete the Application for Short-Term Rental License (PDF) and submit it, along with the required documents, to the City Clerk's office at 723 S. Lewis St. 

Once the City receives an application for a short-term rental, we send a notice to the property owners within 300 feet of the property for which the short-term rental application was submitted. The property owners receiving the notice have 30 days to file an objection to the short-term rental at that address or in that neighborhood. If any objection is filed within the 30-day period, a hearing is scheduled before the Stillwater Planning Commission.

Submit Short-Term Rental Complaint

To ensure compliance with the regulations, the City tracks and monitors complaints about short-term rental properties. 

A process of how violations are handled is also available in the Short Term Rental Enforcement Procedures (PDF) document.

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