Galveston, TX

Galveston Texas is becoming a hot spot for short term rental properties. Below you will find some resources to gather information and potentially start your short term rental journey in Galveston.

Laws and City Codes for Short Term Rentals in Galveston, TX

Ordinance No. 15-012

Ordinance No. 21.021

Registration Links for STR in Galveston, TX

Register a New Short Term Rental in Galveston

To register in Galveston you will need the property ID, which can be found on Galveston Central Appraisal District. It is a 6 digit number found on the far left of the search page. You will also need the Min/Max occupancy, date the property became a rental, 3rd party account numbers and/or marketing names, and a local contact available 24/7 to respond.

Renew an Existing Short Term Rental in Galveston

Registraion, Fees, and Taxes for Vacation Rentals in Galveston, TX

CThe initial registration fee for the short term rental application is $50. Galveston has a Hotel Occupancy Tax of 9% charged on gross revenues of the properties that include all charges and fees. There is an online system for reporting and paying taxes either on a monthly or quarterly basis located here, or to register go to or call (409) 797-5132. Properties that do not generate more than $500 per month in taxes or $1500 quarterly in taxes can report quarterly, with reports due on January 20th, April 20th, July 20th, and October 20th, otherwise reports are due by the 20th of the month following the reporting period. A report must be filed on time, even if there is no revenue, and not doing so will result in a $25 fine. Finally, you need to add your city-issued registration number to your listings, in accordance with the city’s regulations, and you must display your registration number on all advertisements for your short term rental.

The Galveston Park Board of Trustees can be reached at (409) 797-5132 or (409) 797-5000 for further assistance.