Transient Rental Registration Program
The transient rental registration program (Chapter 1369) and the expansion of lodging tax (Chapter 189) to transient rentals was originally established by the adoption of Ordinance 2019-33 and Ordinance 2019-34, adopted March 10, 2020 after a full three readings. The ordinance set a cap of 165 transient rental certifications within the city, as of 8-8-22 we have reached the cap and are no longer accepting NEW Applications. If you would like be placed on the waiting list, please complete the following application and submit with all required documentation. Do not include fees:
The purpose of the transient rental registration program, which include inspections and annual certification, is to set standards that address public safety issues while providing a revenue source to offset costs related to public safety and zoning enforcement efforts.
If you have questions regarding the Transient Rental Registration Program, please contact the City of Huron -Zoning Department at 419-433-5000 ext. 1302 or ext. 1303 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lodging Tax: The expansion of a 3% lodging tax to transient rentals within the city will be paid directly to the Erie County Auditor's Office. The Erie County Auditor's Office also requires transient rentals to register through their online portal. Erie County is already enforcing a 4% lodging tax on all vacation rentals within Erie County and they will collect the City's 3% portion via their online portal for a one-stop shop. For questions regarding the mandatory lodging tax, please contact Erie County at 419-627-7743 or visit their website by clicking here.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is my rental property considered a transient rental? "Transient Rental Property" means any Residential Premises, or part thereof, being utilized or otherwise made available to a transient rental guest within the City, if such premises used by or made available to a transient rental guest for a period in excess of a combined period of thirty (30) days in any calendar year. (Section 1369.98 (m))
"Transient Guests" means persons, who in exchange for money or other financial compensation, occupy a room or rooms, Residential Premises, or other property used for sleeping accommodations for less than thirty (30) consecutive days.
2. What do I do next and how do I register?
- Contact the City of Huron, Planning & Zoning Department to confirm availability and/or application instructions.
- Check with your homeowers association declarations (if applicable) to ensure that transient rentals are allowed in your neighborhood and/or to check the process established by your HOA for compliance.
- Review the city ordinances in order to be aware of all the requirements and regulations: Chapter 1369 Transient Rental Property and Chapter 189 Lodging Tax.
Complete the Transient Rental Registration Application (RENEWAL APPLICATIONS AND TRANSFERS ONLY) and submit the application, required documents and the fee ( $400 per unit) to the City's Planning and Zoning Department (City of Huron, 417 Main St., Huron, OH 44839)
- Your application will be reviewed by the Zoning Inspector and you will be contacted for an inspection appointment. Inspections are required within 14 days of application submission and are performed M-F between the hours of 8:00am- 3:30pm.
- Upon receipt of a Passing Inspection Report, you will be issued a Transient Rental Registration Certificate which is to be on display in public view on the rental property premises.
- You are required to register your Transient Rental property with Erie County in order for lodging taxes (Erie County and City) to be collected.
- What is the annual fee for the Transient Occupancy Registration Certificate? The annual fee is $400 per rental unit (this includes one (1) inspection) If the property fails the inspection, there is a $50 fee for each re-inspection. Annual Fees are subject to change as determined by City Council.
- How long is my Transient Occupancy Registration Certificate valid and how do I renew? Your certificate is valid for a 12-month period from the date of issuance. You are responsible to renew, no reminders are issued. You will need to renew your application in advance of your expiration date. Application, Inspection and annual fee will apply. You will use the same application above to renew your certificate. At least 2-3 weeks in advance of your expiration date, you will need to submit a complete application packet, required documentation and fee. An inspection must be scheduled within 14 days of application submission. If you allow your certificate to expire, you would register as a "New" rental and would be subject to availablility.
- How can I check to see if a property has registered or check my certificate expiration? Click here to see the database listing of properties that have registered and the status. *This list will be updated periodically.
Information and Applications:
Transient Rental Registration Application Packet (renewals and transfer applications only)