Shared Housing Registration and Accommodations Licensing

The Chicago City Council enacted the original Shared Housing Ordinance on June 22, 2016 and then passed reform measures on September 9, 2020. The updated ordinance continues to regulate short-term residential rental activities in the City of Chicago.

As of June 1, 2021, all individuals who wish to participate in short-term residential rental activities must now begin the registration process directly with the City of Chicago.  The City of Chicago has developed an online house share registration portal that all potential hosts must utilize to initiate their application for a short-term residential rental registration. Potential hosts will no longer be able to begin this process with the licensed Short Term Residential Rental Intermediaries.

The House Share Registration Portal is where hosts begin the registration process. It is also the location for additional supporting materials, including FAQs and user guides

If you are a host of a short-term residential rental, you may fall into one or more of three categories:

  • Shared Housing Host
  • Shared Housing Unit Operator
  • Vacation Rental

If you are an internet platform that connects guests with hosts of short-term residential rentals you will fall into one of two categories:

  • Short Term Residential Rental Intermediary
  • Short Term Residential Rental Advertising Platform

For additional details, please select one of the links below that best describes your proposed business activity.

For hosts of short term residential rentals:

  • A "shared housing host" is an owner or tenant of a shared housing unit who rents the unit to guests.
    A “shared housing unit” is part or all of a dwelling unit that is rented to guests through a Short Term Residential Rental Intermediary such as Airbnb. A shared housing unit is required to obtain a Registration approved by the City. The Intermediary must apply and collect hotel accommodation tax on behalf of the shared housing unit host as part of each rental transaction, and must submit the tax to the City.
  • Vacation Rental or Bed & Breakfast
    A “Vacation Rental” is a dwelling unit that is rented to guests. A “Bed & Breakfast Establishment” is an owner-occupied residential building in which 11 or fewer rooms are rented to guests. Both Vacation Rentals and Bed & Breakfast Establishments must obtain a license from the City. Vacation Rentals must apply and collect hotel accommodation tax and submit it to the City themselves. Vacation Rentals and Bed & Breakfast Establishments may advertise or list their rentals through a Short Term Residential Advertising Platform.
  • Shared Housing Unit Operator
    A “Shared Housing Unit Operator” is an owner or operator of more than one Shared Housing Unit. A Shared Housing Unit Operator must obtain a license from the City.

For internet platforms that connect guests with hosts of short-term residential rentals:

  • Short Term Residential Rental Intermediary
    A Short Term Residential Rental Intermediary is a person or company who for compensation or a fee uses an internet platform to connect guests with short term residential rental providers, and who primarily lists shared housing units on its platform. A Short Term Residential Rental Intermediary  must apply and collect hotel accommodation tax and submit it to the City as part of each rental transaction facilitated through the platform.
  • Short Term Residential Rental Advertising Platform
    A Short Term Residential Rental Advertising Platform is a person or company who for compensation or a fee uses an internet platform to connect guests with short term residential rental providers, and who primarily lists licensed bed-and-breakfast establishments, vacation rentals or hotels on its platform. A Short Term Residential Rental Advertising Platform is required to comply with local laws and regulations regarding the collection and payment of taxes, including but not limited to the Chicago Hotel Accommodation Tax Ordinance.

Other Accommodations License:

  • Hotel
  • Bed and Breakfast

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