Any residential property that is rented out on a short-term basis, for a period of fewer than 30 days, is considered to be a short-term rental. This includes homes that are listed for rent on Airbnb, VRBO Vacation Rentals, HomeAway, and similar websites. A short-term rental is defined as the rental of an entire dwelling unit.
Beginning February 1, 2020, all short-term rental operators will be required to apply for a Short-Term Rental (STR) Registration with the City of Denton.
How to Register a Short-Term Rental
See the Short-Term Rental Information Packet and Requirements and Regulations (linked under "Helpful Resources" on this page) for details about the application process, the required supporting materials, and regulation information.
Applications for short-term rental registration must be submitted to Development Services, located at 401 N Elm Street in Denton, Texas. Please note that incomplete applications will not be accepted by Development Services staff. The application can also be found under "Helpful Resources" on this page.
For additional information on Short-Term Rental registration, contact Development Services at (940) 349-8600.
The 2019 Denton Development Code, effective October 1, 2019, includes regulations for short-term rentals. The new regulations require property owners offering short-term rentals to register with the City of Denton.
Registration costs $100, will be valid for a period of one year, and will require the host to meet certain minimum standards and restrictions as outlined in the code.
Once the yearly STR permit is issued, a notice will be sent to all property owners within 100 feet of the rental property, including contact information for a 24-hour complaint hotline.
The regulations do not prohibit short-term rentals, but they do allow the City of Denton to monitor short-term rental properties and set certain standards in order to protect the integrity of Denton neighborhoods and the safety of the community.
Hotel Occupancy Tax
Short-Term rentals are required to pay a hotel occupancy tax every month. You can find additional information and instructions on paying hotel occupancy tax in the Short-Term Rental Hotel Tax Instruction Guide linked under Helpful Resources on this page, or on the Hotel Occupancy Tax Program page.
Reporting a Short-Term Rental Complaint
Complaints regarding a short-term rental should be directed to the 24-hour emergency contact for the short-term rental. If that information is not available, citizens can contact the following departments regarding complaints.
Noise & Public Parking Complaints
City of Denton Police Department
Phone: (940) 349-8181
Police Department hours: available 24/7.
Property Maintenance Issues
Property maintenance issues such as trash, high grass/weeds, outside storage of objects should be directed to:
Community Improvement Services
Phone: (940) 349-8743
Community Improvement Services hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Other Short-Term Rental Concerns
Direct other concerns related to short-term rentals to:
Phone: (940) 349-8360
Development Services hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.