Short-Term Rentals

The City of Allen requires owners of short-term rental properties to apply for annual rental permits. This registration process collects updated contact information, guarantees compliance with safety measures and ensures required Hotel Occupancy Taxes are paid.

Register a short-term rental property

Renting or advertising your home for rent on a short-term basis without a permit is in violation of the City of Allen Code of Ordinances and subject to enforcement processes.

Woman traveler with suitcase stands outside closed door of a houseWhat is a short-term rental?

A short-term rental is a dwelling that is (a) used or designed to be used as place where a person may reside, including a single-family dwelling or a unit in a multi-unit building, including an apartment, condominium, cooperative or timeshare; and (b) rented wholly or partly for a fee and for a period of less than thirty (30) consecutive days. The term “Short-Term Rental” does not include a premises that is used for a nonresidential purpose, including an educational, health care, retail, restaurant, banquet space or event center purpose or another similar use, or a bed-and-breakfast or hotel as defined in the City of Allen Code of Ordinances.

When did the City of Allen begin requiring permits for short-term rentals?

Annual permits for short-term rentals are required by the City of Allen Code of Ordinances following an amendment approved by Allen City Council on May 10, 2022. However, implementation of an online registration and Hotel Occupancy Tax payment system did not become active until February 1, 2023. Read the full ordinance. 

Short-term rental FAQs

Learn more about the registration/permitting process in the Short-Term Rental FAQ. More information For more information about short-term rental properties, contact City of Allen Permitting staff at or 214.509.4130.