Short Term Rentals

A short term rental (STR) is the rental of a residential property (consisting of one or more dwelling units), that is rented out for compensation on a temporary basis for a period of less than 30 consecutive days. In order to operate an STR in Waco, a license must be obtained from the Planning Services department.

In some cases, a special permit is also required prior to issuance of a license. The purpose of the regulations set forth in the Waco ordinance is to provide a procedure to allow the rental of private residences to visitors on a short term basis, while ensuring that such rental use does not create adverse impacts to residential neighborhoods due to excessive traffic, noise and density.

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You may also contact the Planning Services Department by calling (254) 750-5650 or email at

Hotel Occupancy Tax

For information pertaining to Hotel Occupancy Tax please click here.

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