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short term rental regulations Scottsdale

Vacation rentals or short term rentals in Scottsdale are residential units rented to transient residents for less than 30 days. They are the same as traditional housing units, and the City permits short term rentals to operate in all residential districts by right. The following is a complete guideline for Scottsdale’s short term rental regulations so that anyone can be a responsible host when using platforms like Airbnb, VRBO, and other similar services. This rundown should give you a good start in understanding your local laws.

Vacation rentals in Scottsdale are subject to the following short term rental regulations:

  • Hosts can offer all housing units and any accessory guest homes for rent as a unit. They cannot offer both for rent separately.
  • The City permits a maximum family size of 6 adults (and their dependent children) in all housing units. Housing units also include short term rentals.
  • Scottsdale has restricted non-residential uses, such as retail, restaurants, banquet spaces, event centers, and similar purposes. 


Requirements for Property Owners


  • State Requirements 

Arizona imposes a Transaction Privilege Sales Tax and a Transient Tax on all short term rentals. The State of Arizona Department of Revenue requires a Transaction Privilege Sales Tax License. Furthermore, on each driver’s license, hosts must ensure that Scottsdale (SC) is the region code.

  • County Requirements 

Prior to being occupied, all rental properties, including short term rentals, must file the information required by ARS 33-1902 with Maricopa County. 

  • City Requirements

In accordance with Section 18-150 of the City Code, the owner of a short term rental shall provide to the City of Scottsdale the name and contact information of a person designated as an emergency contact. Moreover, they must also provide contact information for the owner or owner’s designed to respond to complaints. 

  • Location Requirements 

The locations map of Maricopa County is on the City of Scottsdale’s official website. To view Maricopa County maintained contact information, enter an address in the map, search, or zoom in to a place. The properties marked with the icon (i) are vacation rentals that have provided the city with their contact information.


Report an Unregistered Property

If you know of a rental property that lacks contact information or is not registered with the county, report it to Code Enforcement Scottsdale. Doing so will enable the City to work with the property owner or agent to ensure the contact information is obtained in accordance with City Code. 

Other Regulations

As a responsible host, you must comprehend and abide by other contracts or regulations that bind you. These include leases, community rules, HOA rules, or other guidelines. Feel free to reach out to your landlord, housing authority, or community council to find out more. You can also visit Scottsdale’s official website or contact us for further Airbnb Management Scottsdale services.