Short Term Rentals

*Please Note: At the October 2023 City Council meeting, councilors approved Planning Commission’s recommendation to place a moratorium on new short term rental license applications for six months. This will allow Planning Commission time to work on a draft amendment to the City’s short-term rental ordinance. The general purpose of the amendment is to incorporate a maximum cap of short-term rentals allowed within the City and equitably regulate the licenses.*

Homeowners can use their home or ADU as a short-term rental if it is in the Recreation-Commercial zone. If you plan to do so, you will be subject to the City of Maupin’s Transient Lodging Tax and the State of Oregon’s Lodging Tax, and you will need to complete a Short Term Rental License Application.

Find out which zone your home or lot is in by using the Wasco County Public Basemap. You can also refer to the City of Maupin’s Comprehensive Zoning Map.

Short Term Rental Regulation

Read more about regulations for operating a short term rental in Maupin.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Short Term Rental?

A Short Term Rental is an accommodation providing stays of 30 days or less in a residential dwelling in Maupin’s Recreational Commercial zone. The City of Maupin does not define hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts, campgrounds, and RV parks as Short Term Rentals.

Who needs to obtain a Short Term Rental License?

All Recreational Commercial property owners who would like to offer Short Term Rental accommodations on their property must obtain this license. Property owners who previously used their dwelling as a vacation rental and would like to continue will also need to apply in order to be in compliance with City of Maupin Ordinance 322.

Requirements for application (Incomplete applications will not be accepted and will delay the review process):
1. Complete the Short Term Rental License Application
2. Complete the City of Maupin Lodging Tax Registration form
3. Complete and sign the Safety & Compliance Inspection checklist
4. Submit a Plot Plan showing all buildings and off-street parking. Drawing should be to scale and show dimensions of property; locations of entrances and exits; locations and number of bedrooms; and each parking space (9×19 feet minimum each space).
5. Attach copies of the required interior and exterior postings.
6. Attach proof of weekly garbage service.
7. Pay the $250 non-refundable application fee due upon submission. If the application is approved, a separate annual license fee payment of $500 is required before the City will issue your license.

Submitting and Renewing Applications

Completed applications can be submitted in person at the City Hall front desk or as a PDF to planning@cityofmaupin.org. The Zoning Ordinance Administrator and City Planner will review the application and make a determination. We will notify applicants by mail or email of the decision within 30 days from the submission of a completed application packet. Licenses are valid for one calendar year and must be renewed annually, including paying the annual license fee, before January 30 each year.

Transient Lodging Tax

Transient Lodging Taxes are a vital tool for promoting tourism and supporting tourism-related services and facilities in local municipalities. The City adopted a Transient Lodging Tax in 2009 with Ordinance No. 286. The ordinance was updated and replaced with Ordinance No. 295 (Maupin Municipal Code 3.30) in 2013. The Dedicated Tourism Fund, which funds the Maupin Area Chamber of Commerce, is funded by 90 percent of Transient Lodging Taxes collected by the City of Maupin.

  • All lodging providers shall register with the City of Maupin by completing the Lodging Tax Registration form
  • The city lodging tax applies to lodging receipts throughout the entire year.
  • The lodging tax rate is six percent (6%) of lodging receipts.
  • Lodging providers must calculate the lodging tax quarterly and pay it to the City of Maupin within 30 days of the end of each quarter, along with a copy of their State of Oregon tax return. Find the Quarterly Lodging Tax Form here.
  • Lodging providers may keep two percent (2%) of the tax they collect for administrative expense.
  • Lodging providers are required to maintain records that verify the correct tax due, and maintain records for a minimum of three years.