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What is a short-term rental (STR)? 

  • A short-term rental is a property that rents out all or a portion of a residential dwelling unit for a period of less than 30 days and not less than 12 hours. 

 

What is the difference between a short-term rental, a hotel, and a bed & breakfast? 

  • A short-term rental is a property that rents out all or a portion of a residential dwelling unit for a period of less than 30 days and not less than 12 hours.  

  • A hotel is a building in which members of the public obtain sleeping accommodations for consideration, or the cost of a room ordinarily used for sleeping. The term includes a hotel, motel, tourist home, tourist house, tourist court, lodging house, inn, rooming house, or bed and breakfast.  

  • A bed and breakfast home is a private, owner-occupied residence that offers sleeping accommodations to not more than 10 lodgers. A bed and breakfast home is not a single-family house.  

  • All three (3) are required to submit the Hotel Occupancy Tax but only Short-Term Rentals are required to register for a permit to operate.  

 

Where are short-term rentals allowed?

  • Type 1 (owner/operator occupied STR): an STR that is the primary residence of the owner/operator. These are allowed throughout the city with no restrictions with the exception of Padre/Mustang Island (see last bullet).

  • Type 2 (non-owner/operator occupied STR): an STR that is not the primary residence of the owner/operator. These STRs are limited to 15% of the block face and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis with the exception of Padre/Mustang Island (see last bullet).

  • Exception: STRs are not permitted in single-family zoning districts within the Padre/Mustang Island ADP.

 

How can I check my zoning?

  • To check your zoning, use the STR Interactive Zoning Map Tool on the main STR website, www.cctexas.com/str

 

How can I apply for a short-term rental permit?

  • Click this link to be taken to the MuniRevs portal to submit your application, fee, and register to submit your Hotel Occupancy Taxes (HOT).  

 

What do I need for the application?

  • A list of all owners, operators, and agents (if applicable) of the short-term rental including names, addresses, current email addresses, and telephone numbers. 

  • A sketch of the floor plan that identifies sleeping areas, proposed maximum number of guests, evacuation route(s), and location of fire extinguisher(s).  

  • The name, address, and 24-hour telephone number of a contact person (owner, operator, or designated agent) who shall be responsible and authorized to respond to complaints concerning the use of the STR.

  • A sworn, self-certification that the owner of the STR has met and will continue to comply with the standards and other requirements including but not limited to: maintenance of insurance coverage and annual inspections of required fire extinguishers in compliance with the city’s current fire code.  
  • The permit fee (accepted via debit/credit card through the online portal).

 

How much is the permit fee?

  • The permit fee for the remainder of 2022 is $50. The permit fee for 2023 is $250.

 

How long are the registration permits valid?

  • STR permits are valid for the calendar year and must be renewed every January to remain compliant.  

 

Who do I contact for questions about the application or registration process?

  • The City of Corpus Christi has contracted with MUNIRevs to administer the STR Permit application. Whether you have a question about your account or technical questions about how to do something in MUNIRevs, please reach out to the MUNIRevs support team at support@munirevs.com or by phone at (888) 751-1911. MUNIRevs can reach out to the City on your behalf if further assistance is needed with one of your questions.
  • For general questions about the Short-Term Rentals registration process please send an email to STRregistration@cctexas.com.

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How do I report an STR that is illegally operating or violating a city ordinance?