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How to Navigate Portland’s STR Permit Process: Insider Tips

By Will Sing, February 16, 2024

Unlocking Portland’s STR Permit Maze

If you’re eyeing the short-term rental market in Portland, getting your hands on the right STR permit can feel like solving a complex puzzle. The city’s vibrant market and strict rules mean you’ve got to be on your toes. Luckily, I caught up with Melissa Wright, the go-to expert for all things STR permits in Portland, to help you find your way through this maze with ease.

Type A vs. Type B: Choosing Your Path

Melissa broke down the two main permits: Type A for the casual host looking to rent out a room or two, and Type B for those planning a more extensive setup, renting up to five bedrooms. Your choice here sets the stage for what comes next.

Step by Step Through the Permit Process

For Type A hopefuls, expect a smooth sail. Gathering your paperwork might take a week, with the city typically responding in two to four weeks. Melissa’s pro tip? Keep nudging the city to keep things moving.

Type B applicants, gear up for a longer journey. You’re looking at a detailed review, including traffic studies and architectural plans, with the whole process potentially stretching over six months.

Insider Advice for a Breeze Application

Melissa emphasized two golden rules: ensure your bedrooms meet legal standards and remember the residency requirement. Keeping these in check can save you from future headaches.

What’s on the Horizon for STR Permits?

Good news on the way: Portland plans to streamline the STR application process with a new digital platform. This change, though a couple of years out, promises a smoother path for future STR hosts.

Dive Deeper

For those ready to dive deeper into Portland’s STR permit intricacies, Melissa Wright’s insights are invaluable. Don’t miss out on our detailed discussion for more expert advice and tips. Catch the full conversation here.

Will Sing



William is a Portland native who graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. After exploring different career paths, he found his true passion in real estate, where he has since been empowering clients through education and personalized guidance. With a rich background in construction and extensive experience in investment properties and property management, William leverages his expertise to help clients make informed decisions that align with their financial and lifestyle goals. As a real estate professional committed to integrity and empowerment, William focuses on providing value-maximizing solutions for home sellers, personalized assistance to home buyers, and strategic insights to investors, aiming to enhance their potential in the real estate market. His approach is deeply rooted in building lasting relationships and fostering a community-centric business. When not navigating the complexities of real estate, William is an avid learner who enjoys listening to audiobooks, swimming, and spending quality time with his wife and their two German Shepherds. To discover how William can help you achieve your real estate goals, visit his website or schedule a consultation to begin crafting your strategy for financial stability and success.
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