When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it's important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace, we do not provide legal advice, but we want to provide some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in Corpus Christi. This list is not exhaustive, but it may give you a good start in understanding your local laws. If you have questions, please email Corpus Christ’s short-term rental (STR) contact or other city agencies directly, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
Registration is required to host in Corpus Christi. Apply online to continue hosting short-term stays.
Based on Corpus Christ’s STR ordinance, all Hosts are required to register with the city. You can apply for an STR permit online. First-time users will be prompted to create an account before applying.
An STR permit is valid for 1 year from the date of issuance, and must be renewed annually. The registration fee is $50 for applications received in 2022 but will increase to $250 in 2023. The registration fee must be paid at the time of application, and subsequently with each renewal.
STR operators are required to display their valid permit number within any advertisements.
For additional questions about what’s required to host in Corpus Christi, visit the City’s STR FAQ page.
The Corpus Christi STR ordinance sets restrictions on where STRs are permitted to operate, depending on the type of STR and where it is located. Below are definitions and applicable zoning restrictions for your reference.
Type 1 STRs
Type 1 STRs are owner-occupied (the operator rents out a room, private/guest suite, or entire property of their primary residence.) There are no zoning restrictions on Type 1 STRs, which may operate legally in any zone of the city.
Type 2 STRs
Type 2 STRs are those that are not occupied full-time by the owner. Type 2 STRs are permitted in single-family zoned districts but can only make up 15% of a block face (1 side of the street between 2 intersecting streets). There are no restrictions on Type 2 STRs in other multifamily or commercial zoning districts.
To check which zoning district your STR is located in, please visit Corpus Christi’s interactive map tool.
Local laws in Corpus Christi require STR operators to provide the city with a local contact who can respond to emergencies and complaints 24 hrs a day. The local contact is required to respond to any complaints within 1 hour of receipt.
STR Hosts in Corpus Christi are required to post the following information inside their STR:
- Maximum occupancy
- Location of available parking
- Quiet hours and noise restrictions
- Restrictions on outdoor facilities
- Local contact name and contact information
- Property cleanliness requirements
- Trash pick-up requirements
- Flooding hazards and hurricane evacuation routes
- Local emergency numbers
- Notice that failure to comply with occupancy and parking requirements is a violation of city code and may result in a fine
- STR permit number
Taxes and Fees
Corpus Christi imposes a hotel occupancy tax (HOT) on STRs. Airbnb automatically collects and remits applicable state and city HOT on all eligible bookings in Corpus Christi.
Our commitment to your community
We are committed to working with local officials to help them understand how Airbnb benefits our community. Where needed, we will continue to advocate for changes that will allow regular people to rent out their own homes.