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Short-term Lodging

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Register your short-term lodging

File a complaint

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What is short-term lodging?

Short-term lodging is defined as overnight stays in a residence of up to 29 nights.

All owners wishing to operate a short-term lodging of any kind must register.

On July 17, 2018, the Wilmington City Council approved an ordinance to allow the renting of bedrooms within a residence, herein known as homestay lodging. Homestay lodging is the rental of individual bedrooms within the host’s home. The host lives and remains onsite during the rental period. This definition also includes accessory dwelling units, as long as the host is living on the property full-time and is there during the entire rental period. 

On Feb. 5, 2019, the Wilmington City Council approved an ordinance to allow whole-house lodging in residential districts. Whole-house lodging is the rental of an entire dwelling without a host present. A local operator must be within 25 miles and available 24 hours a day.

Whole-house lodgings in residential districts are subject to a 400-foot separation requirement. Registrations are awarded on a first-come, first-registered basis.

Applicants may check the Registered Short-term Lodging and Bed & Breakfast map to see if their property is sufficiently spaced from existing registered short-term lodgings. If your property falls within 400-feet from a listed Bed & Breakfast or approved Whole-house on the map it may be subject to amortization that will expire on April 22, 2020.

Where can they be located?

Both homestay and whole-house lodgings can be located in residential and non-residential districts with restrictions.

Residential districts include: HD, HD-R, HD-MU, R-20, R-15, R-10, R-7, R-5, R-3, MF-L, MF-M, MF-MH, and MF-H districts. No lodging is allowed in MHP.

Non-residential districts include: O&I, CB, RB, CBD, AI, RFMU, MSMU, MX, and UMX districts. Units are not permitted on the ground floor of any street-facing façade of a commercial building.

How do I register my property?

Owners must register their short-term lodging property online by visiting

Information that may be required as part of the registration process includes: proof of ownership of the property, a site plan showing any required parking, a floor plan showing the rooms to be used for short-term lodging, proof of payment of room occupancy taxes for 2018 or the beginning of 2019.  Commercial general liability insurance on the property is required.

How do I file a complaint or report an unregistered Short-term lodging location?

Complaints or reporting of unregistered short-term lodgings can be filed anytime using the online form or by calling 910.765.8844.

Having problems accessing the registration or complaint links?

More frequently asked questions

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • What are the compliance requirements for short-term lodging?

  • How do I know which properties are already registered?

  • How do I file a complaint about a short-term lodging?

  • Is registration required annually and will I have to renew it?

  • How is a short-term lodging registration terminated?

  • How much does it cost to register my short-term lodging?

  • Does my registration number have to be posted?

  • My property is no longer being rented on a short-term basis. Do I need to do anything?

  • Who can register a property as a short-term lodging?

  • How many short-term lodging units can I register?

  • How do I pay my Room Occupancy Tax (ROT)?

  • What records do I need to maintain and how long do I need to keep them?

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  • Enforcement of regulations


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