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Short-Term Rentals

On July 11, 2017 the Tuscaloosa City Council voted to amend the Zoning Ordinance to allow short-term rentals (AirBNB, VRBO, HomeAway, etc.) to operate legally within two Tourist Overlay Districts (TO Districts) in the City of Tuscaloosa. With an effective date of July 17, 2017, the City is ready to assist you in licensing your short-term rental!

Applications and Forms

*Contains Insurance Requirement Notice, Short-Term Rental Certification Application, Short Term Rental Provisions, Home Inspection Affidavit and Instructions, Business License Application, and Lodging Tax Form


If the property is located within the TO Lake District or is a historic district property within the TO Downtown Campus District, you will need to petition the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Individual Urban Development Forms

*Required if applicant is not the property owner

Individual Revenue Forms

*Revised 07/18/2017

Information and Ordinances

Ordinance No. 8558, amending the Zoning Ordinance of Tuscaloosa regarding Short Term Rentals (Sections 24-5, 24-91, and 24-370 through 24-372)

Ordinance No. 8560, amending the Business License Regulations regarding Short Term Rentals, adding Article XII to the Code of Tuscaloosa



Office of Urban Development, Planning Division


Office of Urban Development, Building and Inspections Division


Accounting and Finance Department, Revenue and Financial Services Division