Nags Head reminds residents to register short-term rentals

By on December 10, 2019

(Town of Nags Head)

Earlier this year, after initiating a town-wide survey to gauge sentiment about short-term rentals, the Town of Nags Head implemented a registration program for owners and operators of units that are not managed by a real estate broker.

In August, County Tax Collector Beck Huff told the Dare County Commissioners there are an estimated 3,500 to 5,000 short-term rental homes in Dare County that are listed through platforms such as Airbnb, VRBO and Homeaway.

Now, the Town of Nags Head is reminding property owners who use such platforms to rent their home, or rooms in their homes, to register their property prior to renting it.

In April, the Nags Head Commissioners approved an ordinance that defines a short-term rental as the rental of residential property for vacation, leisure, recreation, or other purposes for fewer than 30 days and requires annual registration with the Town.

Among other things, the adopted ordinance establishes additional parking requirements for partial-house rentals and requires the property owner to disclose whether liability insurance is in effect for the property and comply with the requirements of the Vacation Rental Act. 

Those who have registered their rental with the Town prior to Dec. 31, 2019 may continue to rent their unit and are not required to register again until Sept. 1, 2020.

However, those who have not registered by Dec. 31, 2019, must register prior to renting their property. The cost is $25 and a registration form is available online at or at Town Hall. Following the property’s initial registration, subsequent registrations are due annually by Sept. 1.

Failure to register within 30 days of the property being offered for rent will result in an initial $100 fine. Each additional day that a property is offered without being registered will result in a $50/day fine.

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