Short-Term Residential Rentals

What is a Short-Term Residential Rental? 

The provision of a room or space that is suitable or intended for occupancy for dwelling, sleeping, or lodging purposes, for a period of fewer than 30 consecutive days, in exchange for a charge for the occupancy.

Registering a Short-Term Residential Rental

Operators of short-term residential rentals in Loudoun are required to register their properties online annually. 

Registration is free. 

After completing the registration form, operators will receive a confirmation e-mail with a copy of the registration for their records. Operators who do not register with the county may face a fine of $500 per violation.

The State Code of Virginia provides for exemptions to the registration requirement. (See Section B.2).

Information about the registration process and the exemptions may be found in this Short-Term Residential Registration Fact Sheet (PDF) that you may download or print.

Other Regulations Regarding Short-Term Residential Rentals

Anyone who currently operates, or is considering operating, a short term residential rental in Loudoun County should consider the following:


Are short-term residential rental operators currently subject to local taxes? 

  • Yes. Short-term residential rental operators are currently required to file and pay all applicable taxes if they meet the filing requirements. 
  • The filing requirement for the transient occupancy tax is the ability to “lodge four or more persons at one time.” For the Business, Professional, and Occupational License tax, the requirement is the provision of “in excess of seven bedrooms.”
  • For questions, email the Commissioner of the Revenue or call 703-777-0260.


Towns and HOAs

  • If you live in a homeowners or condo association, contact your association to verify their regulations regarding short-term rentals.
  • If you live in an incorporated town, contact the town for information regarding their regulations.

More Information

For more information about the short-term residential rentals initiative, email Loudoun County Public Affairs and Communications.

Process Overview

Read more about the short-term residential rentals initiative and work plan.