Short Term Rentals

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What is a Short Term Rental (STR)?

A Short Term Rental is the rental of a residential dwelling unit, or a room within, that is typically rented for a periods of less than a month.  See definitions for details.

Upcoming Dates

Town Council Meetings:

The Town of Chapel Hill is analyzing the recent phenomenon of short term rentals.  The topic will be discussed at the following meetings:

Event:  Date:  Location:

Town Council Public Hearing

 September 11, 2019 at 7:00pm
Town Hall, Council Chamber

Town Council Public Hearing

 June 19, 2019 at 7:00pm

Town Hall, Council Chamber

Council Economic Sustainability Committee

 June 7, 2019 at 8:00am

Chapel Hill Public Library, Room


Advisory Board Meetings:

Beginning in August 2019, staff will be introducing this topic to the different boards and commissions; no determinations will be made on regulations.  This is simply an opportunity for the Advisory Boards to discuss the topic and select a champion to serve on a task force. 

 Event:  Date:  Location:
 Community Design Commission (CDC)
 August 27, 2019 at 6:30pm
 Town Hall, Council Chamber
 Transportation & Connectivity Board (T-CAB)

 August 27, 2019 at 6:30pm

 Town Hall, Room 102
 Planning Commission
 September 3 at 7:00pm
 Town Hall, Council Chamber
 Historic District Commission (HDC)  September 10 at 6:30pm
Town Hall, Council Chamber
 Housing Advisory Board (HAB)  September 10 at  6:30pm
 Town Hall, Room 102


Open House - September 23, 2019:




Flyer  September 23, 2019, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Seymour Senior Center, 2551 Homestead Road


Task Force:

Apply online to serve on the Town's Short Term Rental (STR) Task Force!

Where Short Term Rentals Are Allowed:

Short-Term Rentals are currently allowed in three ways in the Town, either as:

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Home Occupation

  • Overnight Lodging

  • Tourist Home

How to be a good neighbor:

  • Parking.  Guests should park in the driveway or in designated street parking.You may secure visitor parking permits for properties located in designated permit areas.Each address in the residential permit area would be eligible for up to 10 temporary 3-day visitor parking permits in a year or up to 5 temporary 14-day visitor parking permits.Contact Parking Services for additional information.
  • Noise.  Loud parties may be cited for violating the noise ordinance.Be considerate of the neighborhood and the residents around you. Please call 911 to file a noise complaint with the Town of Chapel Hill Police Department.
  • Garbage.  Pick up after yourself and guests.Garbage and recycling should be stored on-site in trash containers. On collection day, place garbage cart(s) behind the curb, away from mailboxes, and where a collector can conveniently get to it.All solid waste must be brought to the curb before 6am on collection day; carts should be removed from the curb by 7pm on collection day.
  • Pets.  Clean-up after your pets.Prevent excessive and prolonged barking, and keep pets from roaming the neighborhood.Abide by local leash laws.
  • 24-Hour Contact Information.  Consider posting the contact information for someone your guests can contact if they have questions.Also, consider listing the 9-1-1 street address in the unit in case of an emergency and clearly posting the residence’s address at the street.
  • Follow the Good Neighbor Guidelines.

Health & Safety Requirements

  • Fix any hazards.  Exposed wiring, broken glass, and loose steps can create a hazard for guests.Make simple repairs to keep your guests safe.Consider adding a First Aid kit to the residence.
  • Smoke Alarms, Carbon Monoxide Detectors, & Fire Extinguishers.  Have working smoke alarms in your home—inside every bedroom, outside of every bedroom, and on every level of your home (including basements). Have working carbon monoxide monitors on each floor, including basements and attics.Place a 2A 10BC Fire Extinguisher on each floor.
  • Leave Instructions for Guests.  Provide instructions for guests on how to use appliances, operate gas fire places, or maintaining the thermostat.
  • Insurance.  Talk to your insurance agent about additional coverage that may be required for using your home as a rental.

Occupancy Tax

Please visit our Occupancy Tax webpage.

For More Information  

Please email for more information or to receive updates on this project.   

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