Short-Term Rentals

New online services to apply for/renew Short-term Rental permits 

now available.

As of March 31, 2022, The City of Fredericksburg concluded services with Avenu Insights and Analytics, and have contracted with Granicus, LLC as of April 1, 2022.

The City of Fredericksburg defines Short-Term Rentals (STRs) as a privately owned dwelling, including but not limited to, a single family dwelling, multiple family attached dwelling, apartment house, condominium, duplex, mobile home, or any portion of such dwellings, rented by the public for consideration, and used for dwelling, lodging, or sleeping purposes for any period less than thirty (30) days.

A Short-Term Rental Permit must be issued by the City of Fredericksburg authorizing the use of a privately owned dwelling as a Short-Term Rental.

The purpose of the STR Ordinance is to establish regulations for the use of privately owned dwellings as Short Term Rentals, to minimize negative ancillary impact on surrounding properties, and to ensure the collection and payment of Hotel Occupancy Taxes.

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City of Fredericksburg Approves Agreement with Granicus, LLC

The City of Fredericksburg has approved an agreement with Granicus, LLC to provide Short-term Rental (STR) permitting and monitoring services, Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) collection and Sales and Use Tax discovery and recovery services.  

Services provided by Granicus will include:

  • Tax Collection: Makes tax reporting and collection easy for hosts and staff to submit and review online. Prompt for unreported periods and collect on back taxes.
  • Compliance Monitoring: Ongoing monitoring of STRs for zoning and permit compliance, coupled with systematic outreach to illegal short-term rental operators.
  • Mobile Permitting and Registration: Makes your STR permitting processes available online and mobile enabled (includes cellphones and tablets), easy, and accessible. Guides applicants through what can otherwise be complex permitting workflows even if they are on the go!
  • Rental Activity Monitoring: Provides you with estimated occupancy and rental revenue for each property based on machine learning modules unique to govService Host Compliance. Automatically identifies and flags audit candidates who are under-reporting on taxes or exceeding occupancy regulations.
  • Sales and Use Tax Review:  Ensures the proper application of Local Sales and Use Tax law, and identify those that may be underreporting and underpaying sales tax.

Granicus is a leading government software company with more than 5,500 local, provincial, state and federal customers, which ensures that the Host Compliance software and services will remain ahead of the rapidly evolving sharing economy.  Granicus invests more than $20M annually in technology development.  They have extensive experience delivering these services and software to 390+ cities and counties across North America such as San Antonio (TX), Nashville (TN), Steamboat Springs (CO), Summit County (CO), St. Johns County (FL), Midland (TX), and 14 other Texas communities.  for more information about Granicus, please click here.

For information about Hotel Occupancy Taxes please click here.  You may also contact Janelle Chapman at or call 830-990-2023.