Baltimore City Begins Registration Process for Short-Term Residential Rentals

Baltimore, MD – New requirements in Baltimore City mean new licenses for homeowners who rent property for the short-term.

Effective December 31, 2019, all short-term rental properties (properties that rent for 90 or fewer consecutive days) must be licensed.  The new rules are as a result of legislation passed by the Baltimore City Council (Council Bill 18-1089), which establishes several requirements for short-term rentals.

A homeowner may be issued a short-term residential rental license for his or her permanent residence − one in which the owner resides for at least 180 days annually.  Such properties must also be free of any code violations. A $200 license registration fee is required, and under certain circumstances, an additional dwelling unit may be licensed.

A registration portal is now available on the Baltimore City Department of Housing & Community Development’s website. For more information, visit


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