Short-term lodgings (STL) or rentals have become increasingly popular. Websites like Airbnb, VRBO, and FlipKey encourage people to earn extra money by sharing their homes with travelers. Airbnb encourages “responsible hosting” which includes complying with local laws and regulations.
The Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance governs how residents may use their properties. A short-term lodging or rental, by definition, is any occupancy of a dwelling or a portion of a dwelling for a period of less than 30 days. As of Oct. 1, 2018, Short-Term Lodgings are permitted as an accessory use in any zoning district that permits residential uses.
Fairfax County requires that the owner or tenant of a residence secure a zoning permit and meet certain criteria prior to advertising or commencing of a Short-Term Lodging (STL) operation or use. A Short-Term Lodging permit costs $200 and is valid for two years. Please note that private agreements (such as homeowner or condominium association regulations) may restrict the use of the property. In these cases, Fairfax County does not enforce these types of private agreements.