Short-Term Rentals (STR)

In September 2018, the Prince George’s County (Maryland) Council adopted legislation to establish a Short-Term Rentals Program in the County. The legislation took effect on October 1, 2019. The program is administered by the County’s Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE).
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You may apply for a temporary Short-Term Rental License on our Online Portal, while we process your application.  For additional information on Online Permits, visit our Online Permit Services Page.


Online Short-Term Rental Licenses

Under the County’s Short-Term Rentals Program, Prince George’s County homeowners whose properties comply with County Code and who meet certain other criteria may seek a Short-Term Rental License to host renters working through established online sites (platforms).  The County provides online licensing functionality for housing owners as well as online sites/platforms that facilitate the booking of short-term rental housing.

Online Short-Term Rental HOST/OWNER Application (Use this application if you are a homeowner looking to rent to short-term renters.):
 
  • Allows housing owners to apply, pay and receive Short-Term Rental Licenses from the County’s Online Permitting and Licensing System
  • Tracks owners’ compliance with Short-Term Rental laws and regulations

Online Short-Term Rental PLATFORM Application (i.e., Airbnb, etc.):

  • Allows online platforms that facilitate short-term rentals to apply, pay and receive Short-Term Rental Platform Licenses from the County’s Online Permitting and Licensing System
  • Tracks platforms’ compliance with short-term rental laws and regulations

Step-by-Step Application Instructions



Online Short-Term Rental HOST Application Instructions
  • Step 1 – Visit the Online Permitting and Licensing System Portal
  • Step 2 – Choose the option for Short-Term Rental Owner Application.
  • Step 3 – If you do not have an account, click “New Customer Signup” and create an account.
  • Step 4 – Once you have created an account, log in with your username and password. Your username is the e-mail address that you used during registration.
  • Step 5 – Choose the option for “Create Short-Term Rental Owner Application” in the Permit/License menu at the top of the page.
  • Step 6 – Complete the three-page online application and submit it. Required fields are labeled with a red *. If you choose to save the application without submitting, you can continue the application later. Access the incomplete application by going to the menu option Permit/License -> My Permits/Licenses.
  • Step 7 – Go to the Permit/License menu at the top of the page and click “My Permits/Licenses.”
  • Step 8 – Find your application number and click the “Pay Fees” link on the right side of the row.
  • Step 9 – Upon completion of this application and fee payment, you will be issued a ninety (90) day temporary license to operate your rental. The temporary license can be printed from your My Permits/Licenses dashboard.
  • Step 10 – At this point, your application will be reviewed by DPIE staff. If the application is insufficient, someone from DPIE will contact you. DPIE may revoke temporary licenses for failure to resolve any issues.
  • Step 11 – If there are no issues with your application, the temporary license will convert to a permanent license at the end of the ninety (90) day temporary license period. Please return to the My Permits/Licenses dashboard at that time to print the permanent license. No licenses will be mailed to you. Licenses must be printed from the online system.

Case Status Legend:

  • Pending: Customer is still working on the application and has not submitted to DPIE for review.
  • Application: Application has been submitted; awaiting payment.
  • TEMP License: Payment has been submitted; awaiting DPIE application review.
  • Permitted: License has been issued.
  • Denied: Application has been denied.

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Online Short Term Rental PLATFORM Application Instructions

  • Step 1 - Visit the Online Permitting and Licensing System Portal.
  • Step 2 – Choose the option for Short-Term Rental Platform Application.
  • Step 3 – If you do not have an account, click “New Customer Signup” and create an account.
  • Step 4 – Once you have created an account, log in with your username and password. Your username is the e-mail address that you used during registration.
  • Step 5 – Choose the option for “Create Short-Term Rental Platform Application” in the Permit/License menu at the top of the page.
  • Step 6 – Complete the one-page online application and submit it. Required fields are labeled with a red *. If you choose to save the application without submitting, you can continue the application later. Access the incomplete application by going to the menu option Permit/License -> My Permits/Licenses.
  • Step 7 – Go to the Permit/License menu at the top of the page and click “My Permits/Licenses.”
  • Step 8 – Find your application number and click the “Pay Fees” link on the right side of the row.
  • Step 9 – Upon completion of this application and fee payment, you will be issued a thirty (30) day temporary license to operate your rental. The temporary license can be printed from your My Permits/Licenses dashboard.
  • Step 10 – At this point, your application will be reviewed by DPIE staff. If the application is insufficient, someone from DPIE will contact you. DPIE may revoke temporary licenses for failure to resolve any issues.
  • Step 11 – If there are no issues with your application, or when your application issues are resolved, the temporary license will convert to a permanent license at the end of the thirty (30) day temporary license period. Please return to the My Permits/Licenses dashboard at that time to print the permanent license. No licenses will be mailed to you. They must be printed from the online system.

Case Status Legend

  • Pending: Customer is still working on the application and has not submitted to DPIE for review.
  • Application: Application has been submitted; awaiting payment.
  • TEMP License: Payment has been submitted; awaiting DPIE application review.
  • Permitted: License has been issued.
  • Denied: Application has been denied.

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Additional Information

A Short-Term Rental HOST License costs $150 per year and expires one year from the date of issuance.

Please read the law carefully to learn details of the program. You may also want to begin researching the different platforms and their requirements.

Please note, if you are currently renting your home as a short-term rental through a platform such as Airbnb, or on your own, you are operating without a Short-Term Rentals License. You may be permanently barred from participating in the program and may incur enforcement action should your illegal rental be discovered. Anyone with information about illegal short-term rentals should report it to 311 (301-883-4748).

DPIE staff is pleased to have the opportunity to work with you. We hope your experience with the Prince George’s County Short-Term Rentals Program will be enjoyable for you and the guests you welcome.

Prince George’s County is a highly desirable vacation destination that is centrally located within minutes of the Nation's Capital and Northern Virginia; it includes many points of interest, such as National Harbor, MGM, Six Flags America, FedEx Field (home of the NFL's Washington Redskins) and many other attractions. Offering your home for rental presents visitors from around the U.S., and even the world, the opportunity to discover its breath-taking wonders, top-flight amenities and the warm and welcoming people who proudly call it home!

For more information, access our Short-Term Rentals FAQs page and our Short-Term Rentals Checklist.  "Proof of Intent to Apply" Neighbor Notification and Homeowners Association Notification forms are located under Enforcement Division forms.