The Department of Finance and Administrative Services recently announced the city’s new registration system for short-term rentals will launch on January 2, 2019. The City of Seattle adopted new regulations for short-term rentals, a type of lodging sometimes called vacation rentals, in December 2017.
Beginning on January 1, 2019, anyone operating a short-term rental in Seattle must have a short-term rental operator’s license. There are also some limits on the number of units that one person can operate. Learn more on FAS’s Short-Term Rentals webpage or by contacting FAS at 206-386-1267 or .
Anyone operating a short-term rental that is not their primary residence will also need to register with our Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance program.
There are also some location and other restrictions for short-term rentals. Learn more about the land use rules on SDCI’s Short-Term Rentals webpage.