A “short-term rental” (STR) refers to any residential structure, or a portion thereof, used for lodging accommodations to occupants for a period of less than 30 consecutive days. It does not include a ‘bed and breakfast’ as defined in the Unified Development Code.

Map of issued short-term rental (STR) permits.

Frequently Asked Questions

On April 23, 2019, the Arlington City Council adopted two ordinances that allow short-term rentals, with conditions. Ordinance No. 19-014 designated Eligible locations for STRs within the city. Ordinance No. 19-022 created Regulations for conducting STRs and established Permit Application Requirements.

Zoning districts within the established STR Zone.

STR Eligible Locations

To check the zoning of your proposed STR, go to Arlington Maps Online.


The City of Arlington has developed an online application that will make it easy for STR operators to apply for a permit. It is available beginning August 1, 2019 at ArlingtonPermits.com.


Permit Application Requirements

If all location and documentary requirements are met, the City will conduct a physical inspection of the STR for compliance with basic life-safety. Permits will be valid for one year and must be renewed annually. This page will be updated frequently with more information about short-term rentals. Please check back often.

If you are unable to complete an online application, or have questions about the permitting process, please email the Planning Technician,  Zachary Manz, or call 817-459-6692.

Complaint about an STR

For complaints about the operation of any existing STR, the STR hotline is available 24/7 by telephone at 817-775-5626 or online at   https://safe.hostcompliance.com/arlington-tx/tips/type.