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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

■  Register with the State Comptroller

    This is for your Hotel Occupancy Tax

■  Insure your property

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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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.


■  Inspections must be requested by calling the City Offices at

(830) 990-2056. Follow the recorded instructions.

■  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.

■  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 


■  Submit application

■  Pay application fee

■  Call to schedule inspection

■  Make sure your property is accessible when the inspector arrives

■  Celebrate your beautiful new permit

■  Proudly display your permit for all guests to see

■  Mark your calendar with the expiration date of your current permit so that you don't miss your deadline to renew


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.