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Short-Term Rental Registration Applications

To apply for a new or renewal short-term rental registration or to file an STR complaint, select one of the links below:

STR License Application                         STR Complaints

Anyone renting their Talbot County property, or seeking to rent a property in Talbot County, for fourteen weeks or less should be aware of the County’s requirements for Short-Term Rentals. These requirements apply regardless of how the properties are marketed – through a property management company, on-line such as VRBO and Airbnb, newspaper, or word of mouth.

To lease a home on a short-term basis, all owners of Short-Term Rental (STR) properties in Talbot County are required to obtain a STR license and pay the County Public Accommodations Tax (Chapter 190-63 of the Talbot County Code). Anyone operating or advertising an unlicensed STR is subject to a fine of not less than $500 and shall not be entitled to apply for a STR license for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of such violation.

For the licensing of an STR located in the towns of Easton, Oxford, St. Michaels, Trappe, and Queen Anne, please contact the applicable jurisdiction for licensing requirements.  

New applications are accepted during the months of January, February, July and August. New license applications, when all inspections are completed, will be scheduled for review by the County’s Short-Term Rental Review Board for approval under a public hearing process that requires notification of adjacent and proximate property owners. If approved, the Board may apply conditions to the license to mitigate any potential negative impacts to surrounding properties. The license is valid for one year. 

New licenses are subject to inspections for compliance with building safety standards related to fire extinguishers, interconnected smoke alarms, emergency escape and rescue openings, and means of egress. The Talbot County Environmental Health Department conducts visual inspections of properties’ on-site septic systems.

Renewal applications are due no later than sixty (60) days prior to the date of expiration, or the application will be treated as a new application. Subsequent renewals can be issued for a two-year period. Renewals may generally be processed administratively without review by the Board.

As the applicant, you must demonstrate that you can satisfactorily monitor the STR property, you have a home or office within 30 miles of the rental unit, and you are available 24/7 to respond to complaints during periods the home is being used as an STR. You can also retain the services of a resident agent or property management company to do the same, provided they are within 30 miles of the unit.

We strongly recommend reading the adopted STR regulations prior to applying for your license, located in Chapter 190-33.20 and 190-63 of the Talbot County Code.

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