Short Term Rentals (STRs)

Are you interested in owning a STR in Mountain View?

Please first read this general summary of information about STRs in Mountain View, and let the Town Clerk or the Town Administrator know if you have any questions.

We recommend reading this summary of suggestions as well.

To apply for an STR license, first determine what type of license you will need:

  ► If you are going to be living on the same property where the STR is located, or if you have another permanent resident who lives there and who will be helping you manage the STR, you qualify for a Type 1 STR license.

  ► If you are not living on the same property where your STR is located, and if you do not have another permanent resident living there who is helping manage the STR, you qualify for a Type 2 STR license.


How to Apply for a Type 1 License: Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Fill out this form for your business license.
  2. Fill out this form to apply for your STR license.
  3. Complete this affidavit and sign in front of a notary. (The Town Hall has multiple notary publics who are happy to notarize this for you, for free.)
  4. Submit all three completed documents to the Town Clerk and pay $100 ($50 for the business license and $50 for the STR license). You can pay by cash, check, or credit card.
  5. Post the required information in your STR, in a convenient place for you and your guests, where it will be visible. You can also pick up a printed packet at Town Hall, or create your own version. 
  6. Consider posting the additional recommended information as well. This is also available to download.
  7. Consider introducing yourself to your neighbors and sharing your contact information with them. Know that many people are wary of living beside an STR and having good relationships with your neighbors will ultimately help you succeed as a STR business owner in Mountain View.
  8. After you have submitted all the forms to the Clerk and paid the application fees, the Town will reach out to schedule an in-person inspection of the premises. This will determine your final approved overnight occupancy rate.
  9. Upon passing inspection, you will receive a license. Add the license number to your posted information (linked above) in the STR.
  10. Add the Town license number to your listings where you advertise your STR.
  11. You will receive your maximum overnight occupancy from the Town, at the same time as your license. Add this information to the posted signage as well (linked above).
  12. Remember to renew your license each year!

Required Information for Type 1 Licenses to Post in Your STR

STRs shall post the following information in a conspicuous place and manner available to all renters:

  • The STR license number issued by the town.
  • The contact information of the manager and any alternate secondary managers.
  • Contact information for all emergency services.
  • Fire escape routes if the STR is a multi-story building.
  • Method and timing of trash disposal and recycling.
  • The maximum overnight occupancy as calculated by the inspection.

How to Apply for a Type 2 License: Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Fill out this form for your business license.
  2. Fill out this form to apply for your STR license.
  3. Complete this affidavit and sign in front of a notary. (The Town Hall has multiple notary publics who are happy to notarize this for you, for free.)
  4. Create a schematic diagram showing the location of the following:
    • each bedroom;
    • ingress and egress routes;
    • where required postings will be located.
  5. Submit all three completed documents plus the schematic diagram to the Town Clerk and pay $100 ($50 for the business license and $50 for the STR license). You can pay by cash, check, or credit card.
  6. Post the required information in your STR, in a convenient place for you and your guests, where it will be visible. You can also pick up a printed packet at Town Hall, or create your own version. 
  7. Consider posting the additional recommended information as well. This is also in this packet and available to download.
  8. Consider introducing yourself to your neighbors and sharing your contact information with them. Know that many people are wary of living beside an STR and having good relationships with your neighbors will ultimately help you succeed as a STR business owner in Mountain View.
  9. After you have submitted all the forms and the schematic diagram to the Clerk, and paid the application fees, the Town will reach out to schedule an in-person inspection of the premises. This will determine your final approved overnight occupancy rate.
  10. Upon passing inspection, you will receive a license. Add the license number to your posted information (linked above) in the STR.
  11. Add the Town license number to your listings where you advertise your STR.
  12. You will receive your maximum overnight occupancy from the Town, at the same time as your license. Add this information to the posted signage as well (linked above).
  13. Remember to renew your license each year!

Required Information for Type 2 Licenses to Post in Your STR

STRs shall post the following information in a conspicuous place and manner available to all renters:

  • The STR license number issued by the town.
  • The contact information of the manager and any alternate secondary managers.
  • Contact information for all emergency services.
  • Fire escape routes if the STR is a multi-story building.
  • Method and timing of trash disposal and recycling.
  • The maximum overnight occupancy as calculated by the inspection.