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Short-Term Rentals

Short-Term Rentals

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.

The TO Lake District requires the use to be approved by special exception. The zoning board of adjustment may, as a special exception subject to the primary and discretionary warrants for the use as outlined in Sec. 24-91, approve the short-term rental of a dwelling. The application to the zoning board of adjustment shall be accompanied by a letter from the Home Owner Association stating that the short-term rental of a dwelling is allowed. Approvals will be granted for a period of five years unless otherwise specified by the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a shorter period.

The TO Downtown Campus District requires properties part of locally-designated historic districts to have the use approved by special exception. The zoning board of adjustment may, as a special exception subject to the primary and discretionary warrants for the use as outlined in Sec. 24-91, approve the short-term rental of a dwelling subject to the following:

  1. Short-term rentals in each locally designated historic district will be limited to a 10 percent cap of the total number of residentially-used properties per district.
  2. Approvals will be granted for a period of five years unless otherwise specified by the Zoning Board of Adjustment for a shorter period.
 

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

 
 

Contact

Office of Urban Development, Planning Division

205-248-5100

Office of Urban Development, Building and Inspections Division

205-248-6110

Accounting and Finance Department, Revenue and Financial Services Division

205-248-5200