It’s important for you to understand your local laws if you want to become an Airbnb host. We provide a platform and marketplace, but we don’t provide legal advice. Even so, we want to share some information to help you understand laws and other rules that relate to short-term rentals in the City of Las Vegas, NV. The information in this article isn’t exhaustive, but it should help you start your research on local laws. If you have questions, you can check the City of Las Vegas Short-Term Rental Licensing page, contact the Las Vegas Planning and Zoning Department, or another local authority, such as a local lawyer or tax professional.
Building and housing standards
The Building and Construction Codes (Title 16 of the Las Vegas Municipal Code) specify minimum construction, design, and maintenance standards for buildings, including regulations on habitability, health, and safety. Certain regulations applicable to residential and non-residential uses may be relevant to your listing. You should consult these codes to see if your listing implicates any of their requirements, or contact the Building and Safety Department directly.
You need a license to offer a short-term rental to guests in Las Vegas. Check the Las Vegas Short-Term Rentals page for more info.
Short-Term Rental licenses
As of December 5, 2018, the City of Las Vegas limited short-term rentals to owner-occupied properties and hosts who were already licensed or had a pending application at the time, along with certain requirements.
Las Vegas requires short-term rental hosts to follow a number of operational requirements. Check the Las Vegas Short-Term Rentals page for more information about insurance, zoning, safety, taxes, and more.
Hosts who apply for a business license are required to provide proof of liability insurance coverage with a $500,000 minimum amount.
Zoning restrictions include a 660-foot density limit between short-term rentals for all single family and multi-family homes. For example, short-term rentals may only be used for dwelling, lodging, or overnight accomodations. Other commercial events that are typically held at banquet facilities, such as weddings, parties, and receptions, are prohibited at short-term rentals.
The City conducts property inspections of short-term rental properties as part of the Conditional Use Verification (CUV) Permit approval process.
The inspector will verify the number of bedrooms in the house and will check for safety requirement compliance. Check the short-term rental application instructions for more information about the inspection process, including a detailed list.
All operators of short-term rentals must make payment of applicable room taxes. Contact the Las Vegas License Office for more information.
Other contracts and rules
As a host, you need to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, including leases, co-op rules, HOA rules, or other rules established by tenant organizations. You should be able to find out more by contacting your housing authority (such as a community council) or landlord. Your lease (or other contract) might also have specific details.
Our commitment to your community
We are committed to working with local officials to clarify how local rules impact the short-term rental community. We will continue to advocate for changes that will enable people to rent out their homes.
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