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Short Term Rental Operations in Fredericksburg TX

The City of Fredericksburg has established requirements for operating an STR within the city limits. The most important of these is acquiring a permit. Below you will find everything needed to assist you as you move through the STR application process ... and more!

What you need to know about owning and operating an STR

Properly registering, insuring and permitting your STR is pivotal in securing your success. 


■  Decide on a name for your property

■  Register with the Secretary of State

     If you are filing for an LLC or other legal entity.

     Sole Proprietors do not need to file anything with the Secretary of State.

■  Register with the State Comptroller

     This is where you register for State Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT).

     More information below regarding registration for Gillespie County HOT.

■  Insure your Property

    Commercial Insurance is highly advised.

PLEASE NOTE: The initial requirements listed above may be slightly different if you are working with a management company. These are merely suggestions. It is ultimately up to you to know what is best for your business. If you are unsure of how to proceed, we advise speaking with an attorney and/or a CPA.


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Link to download Best Practices pdf


All properties located inside the city limits MUST HAVE A PERMIT

to operate as a Short Term Rental. Permits are renewed annually. If you fail to renew your permit 

the City can suspend your ability to operate.


Follow the link below to begin your application process. There you can create new account and apply for new STR permit 

Granicus is working diligently to build, customize and enhance the online services portal for customers.  Enhancements will continue to be made to the online services provided through Granicus.  The appearance and functionality of the system may change the next time you use the online system to provide you a better user experience.


■  The city will contact you to schedule your inspection once they receive your application for a new or renewed permit. The inspection fee is $25.00

■  Inspections are conducted Monday through Friday during morning periods 9:00 am to 11:00 am and afternoon periods 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

■  You must be sure the STR location is unlocked and available during your requested inspection period on the day you request.

■  You do not need to be present for the inspection to be conducted so long as access is made available. You will be fined if the inspector arrives but cannot gain access to the property.

■  The STR permit will be issued when the applicable fee has been received, and the inspection process has been completed.


Take some time to review each of the bullet points on the checklist (link below). Each is very important in completing your inspection smoothly. Any one point missed could result in a failed inspection. 

NOTE: View or Download the Inspection List that pertains to the ordinance year your property is permitted under.


Gillespie County Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) is calculated as 7% of your nightly rental plus additional fees such as cleaning and management, to name a few. Speak with your CPA to ensure you are paying the correct amount.

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Texas State HOT is 6% of the nightly rental rate (plus fees). Again, speak with your CPA to ensure you are paying to correct amount.

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