Short-Term Rental Licensing

The safety and public health of our community is our top priority. To safeguard the integrity of our community’s residential neighborhoods in which short-term rentals operate, the City of Boise now requires licensing for all short-term rentals within city limits.

To apply for a short-term rental license, apply online or visit Boise City Hall.

We recognize it'll take time for short-term rental owners and operators to apply for and receive their license. The city will work with owners and operators to ensure they have time to license short-term rentals before enforcement begins.

What Qualifies as a Short-Term Rental?

Any individually or collectively owned single-family house or dwelling unit or any unit or group of units in a condominium, cooperative, or timeshare, or owner-occupied residential home that is offered for a fee and for thirty (30) days or less. “Short-term rental” or “vacation rental” does not include a unit that is used for any retail, restaurant, banquet space, event center, or another similar use.

Who Can Apply?

Either the property owner, or the local representative may apply for this license. A local representative applying on an owners behalf does not alleviate the license requirement of providing the property owner’s information in addition to the local representative.

What Is Required to Operate a Licensed Short-Term Rental in Boise?

Operators of a short-term rental in the City of Boise must provide information as required on the application, including but not limited to:

  • Applicant (s) contact information
    • On-site representative contact information
  • Property information
    • Address
    • Type of Rental
  • Rental marketplaces where the property is listed
    • Listing numbers for all marketplaces
  • Parking availability (on street/off street)
  • Safety information, including number of:
    • Smoke Detectors
    • Carbon Monoxide
    • Fire Extinguishers
  • Proof of liability insurance (to include period of coverage and type/amount of coverage)
    • Verification of insurance through a rental marketplace; or
    • Certificate of insurance from insurance company
    • Proof of liability insurance must be uploaded to your application before a license may be issued

All short-term rental licensees must designate and maintain a local representative to respond to all license issues in a timely manner.

The local representative must reside within 20 miles of city limits. Any short-term rental owners who reside outside the State of Idaho must maintain a local representative authorized to accept legal notices on the owner's behalf. 

How Much Does it Cost?

A short-term rental license costs $80 annually with a $1.50 processing fee.

Apply for a Short-Term Rental License:

We recognize it'll take time for short-term rental owners and operators to apply for and receive their license. The city will work with owners and operators to ensure they have time to license short-term rentals before enforcement begins.

To apply for a short-term rental license, apply online or visit Boise City Hall.

First time users of this system will be required to set up an account.

After logging in, click "Apply > License" in the top menu.

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For questions contact the Boise City Clerk.

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