When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it's important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace, we do not provide legal advice, but we want to provide some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in Fredericksburg. This list is not exhaustive, but it may give you a good start in understanding your local laws. If you have questions, contact Fredericksburg’s Development Services Department at (830) 997-7521, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
Registration is required to host in Fredericksburg. Register online to continue hosting short-term stays.
Based on Fredericksburg’s updated short-term rental (STR) ordinance, all STR Hosts are required to register with the city. You can register online through Fredericksburg’s online portal. First-time users will be prompted to create an account before completing their application.
The application fee is $150/unit + $100/bedroom and must be paid at the time of application. Permits are valid for one year from the issuance date and must be renewed annually.
STR hosts currently operating with a valid permit received before 1 April 2022 may continue to operate legally and without applying for an additional permit as long as the 2018 ordinance requirements are met.
For additional questions about what’s required to host in Fredericksburg, visit the city’s STR FAQ page.
Fredericksburg’s updated STR ordinance sets restrictions on where new STRs are permitted to operate, depending on the type of STR and where it is located. Please see below for definitions of each type of STR:
- STR Accessory: Guest house/suite located on the owner’s primary residence
- STR B&B: Rooms for rent located within the owner’s primary residence
- STR Condominium: Located within a recorded condo regime
- STR Facility: Complex with multiple dwelling units (up to 8)
- STR Unoccupied: Transient lodging not located on the owner’s primary residence
Each type of STR is subject to different zoning restrictions. For a complete list of zoning restrictions, please refer to Fredericksburg’s STR quick fact page.
To check which zoning district your STR is located in, please visit Fredericksburg’s interactive map tool.
Legal non-conforming status:
Despite Fredericksburg’s new zoning restrictions, STR Hosts currently operating with a valid permit received prior to 1 April 2022 are considered to have “legal nonconforming” status and may continue to operate legally regardless of the zone in which they are located.
Local laws in Fredericksburg require Hosts to provide the following amounts of off-street parking for guests:
- STR Unoccupied: 1 space/bedroom
- STR Accessory: 2 spaces for primary structure + 1/bedroom
- STR B&B: 2 spaces for primary structure + 1/bedroom
- STR Facility: 60% of permitted occupancy
Taxes and Fees
Fredericksburg imposes a 7% hotel occupancy tax (HOT) on STRs. Hosts are required to collect and remit the HOT quarterly. This can be done through Granicus, the same platform used to apply for an STR permit. For more information about Fredericksburg’s HOT, please visit the city’s HOT webpage.
Our commitment to your community
We are committed to working with local officials to help them understand how Airbnb benefits our community. Where needed, we will continue to advocate for changes that will allow regular people to rent out their own homes.