Short-Term Rental (Vacation Rentals) Ordinance


The City of Coeur d'Alene’s City Council passed rules and regulations related to short-term stays in residential structures, sometimes referred to as Vacation Rentals (VR) on December 5th, 2017.

At the last City Council meeting (January 16, 2018) the fees for short-term rentals were approved as follow:

  • First year - $285
  • Annual renewals thereafter - $96



The City of Coeur d’Alene is accepting permits online at this time. To be in compliance, the application must be submitted no later than March 15th if you are currently operating in city limits.  Code Enforcement will be actively searching for properties that are operating without a permit. The city will process and issue permits in the order received.



  1. To apply for any type of license, you first need to have a personal web account issued to you. There's a button at the top of the License page ( that will take you to the page to do that. Our staff will review your application and then, upon approval, email the login details.
  2. Next, you’ll need to request that your personal web account be associated with the business that owns the property (even if it's just a sole-proprietorship). When you visit the license page while logged into your personal web account, you’ll see a button that says "Set up My Account for Business Licenses," which will take you to to do that. Again, our staff will review your application and then, upon approval, send you an email letting you know that you can now apply for business licenses.



  1. Review the supporting documents and the copy of the Short-Term-Rental ordinance below.
  2. After reviewing the "ITEMS NEEDED FOR SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION list below, apply for the license at:



The following is a list of items that will need your attention to successfully apply for a short-term rental permit. The following items are provided because they require additional information beyond checking a yes/no button. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. This list is provided for your convenience to help you prepare.



These are supporting documents that the city will need a copy of, in addition to your application. You will attach a scan or digital photo to provide the following documentation:

  • Parking Plan:

    • Number/location of stalls
    • Show Street/Avenue/Road (and provide address)
  • Safety Sheet for each floor showing:
    • Escape plan
    • Gas, water, electrical shut offs where applicable
    • Emergency contact number (not 9-1-1)

Supporting information to get ready for input into the online application (not all-inclusive):

  • Contact information
    • Owner (Name, Address, Email, and Phone)
    • Responsible Party (Name, Address, Email, and Phone - if applicable)
  • Emergency phone number
  • Neighborhood Notices:
    • Name/address/date of notice provided (for each)
  • That you have installed smoke and carbon monoxide detectors where needed
  • 2-A-10-BC Fire extinguishers on each floor (tested)
    • Date of fire extinguisher inspection (Month/Year)
  • Address numbers facing the street (4” tall & ½” stroke minimum)
  • Type of unit (Condo, house, ADU, etc.)
  • Additionally, if the unit is part of a structure that has a fire sprinkler suppression system, you will need to provide the date of the last inspection. This is typical of multi-family/condo buildings.

Supporting Documents:

Proposed Short-Term Rental regulations at a glance:

  • Ordinance legalizes short-term (vacation) rentals in the City of Coeur d’Alene and is consistent with HB 216 (signed by the Governor on April 4, 2017 and effective January 1, 2018)
  • Short-term rentals will need to apply for a permit with the City annually (unless they are exempt as noted below)
  • Sets a standard for threshold when permitting is required by owner/responsible party
    • From 1 night up to 29
      • 30+ days is month to month- considered a typical rental
    • Exemption for short-term rental of unit/bedroom:
      • No more than 14 days per calendar year – may be divided into 2 stays
  • All permitted STRs will need to post their permit number on all advertisements
  • Permits will not be transferrable from owner to owner or property to property
  • Online Application/Self-inspection Checklist must be completed
  • Requires an owner or responsible party to be available 24/7 while unit is occupied
    • Provides 60 minute window for resolution of issue to prevent Police calls/trips to STR
  • Requires posting of emergency contact numbers and emergency exit route inside the STR
  • Requires certain information be provided to renters (copy of permit, safety plan, contact info for responsible parties, Good Neighbor Policy, trash days, etc.)
  • Regulates occupancy just like any other residential property
  • Prohibits outdoor storage and signs
  • Regulates parking- a parking plan must be provided to the City and renters
  • Requires use of trash containers
  • Only allows one unit per owner per parcel to be rented as a STR, to prevent multi-family from turning into a pseudo hotel (ex. Apartments) – however, there is no restriction on the number of STRs on different parcels that an owner can have in the City, so long as they are permitted
    • Allows use of ADU or associated principal dwelling to be used as STR (but not both)
    • New construction of ADU, if used as STR, will trigger payment of associated impact fees (existing units are grandfathered and won’t be required to pay impact fees)
    • New ADU construction will require 1 parking stall be provided onsite
  • Requires notice be provided to adjacent neighbors (See “Neighborhood Notice” link above).

If you have any questions, please contact Sean Holm (Senior Planner) at or by calling (208) 676-7401.