When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it is important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to give you some useful links that may help you better understand the laws and regulations in Charlotte. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. If you have questions, contact the Planning Department or other city agencies directly, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
- Charlotte Zoning Ordinance. Charlotte’s Zoning Ordinance regulates most land uses in Charlotte. You should consult it to see if your listing is consistent with zoning requirements or use definitions. Relevant terms include accessory use; bed and breakfast; hotel; boarding house; commercial rooming house; commercial use; dwelling unit; hotel or motel; principal use; residential use; and rooming unit. Special rules apply to boarding houses and bed and breakfasts. You can find the Zoning Ordinance in Appendix A of the Charlotte Code of Ordinances.
- Building License and Tax. Charlotte requires all people doing business in city borders to obtain a business license and pay a business license tax. Please review the city’s website on business-related licensing and permitting and Chapter 13 of the Charlotte Code of Ordinances for more information. A fire inspection is required as part of the approval process, and the city’s Planning Department will review the application for compliance with city rules and regulations.
- Building and Housing Standards. Charlotte enforces rules and regulations specifying minimum construction, design, and maintenance standards for buildings, including regulations on habitability, health, and safety. Certain rules and regulations applicable to residential and non-residential uses may be relevant to your listing. Please review Chapters 5 and 12 of the Charlotte Code of Ordinances and the Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement website for more information.
- Room Occupancy Tax and Sales Tax. The County of Mecklenburg assesses room occupancy taxes on rents charged for accommodations in hotels, motels, corporate housing, or similar places for less than 90 days. In addition, the State of North Carolina assesses sales tax on the gross receipts received from such rentals. Airbnb collects and remits the Mecklenburg room occupancy tax and the North Carolina sales tax in Charlotte; more information about that process is available here.
- Other Rules. It's also important to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, such as leases, condo board or co-op rules, HOA rules, or rules established by tenant organizations. Please read your lease agreement and check with your landlord if applicable.
We are committed to working with local officials to help them understand how Airbnb benefits our community. Where needed, we will continue to advocate for changes that will allow regular people to rent out their own homes.
Last updated: July 21, 2015