Short-Term Rental Licensing
All Prince George’s County Rental Licenses, including Short-Term Rental Licenses (Host or Platform), are processed in Momentum, the County's online system. The system allows customers to submit applications, upload documentation and make payments online. When the applications have been reviewed and approved, the temporary and permanent licenses are issued and sent in the application’s attachments. Customers will be able to print their licenses at work or at home.
Rental License Responsibilities in Prince George's County
All Short-Term Rental Licenses are administered by DPIE's Enforcement Division.
For questions related to single-family, multifamily and short-term rental licenses, email email@example.com.
You may apply for a TEMPORARY Short-Term Rental License in our Momentum Application Portal, while we process your application.
Short-Term Rental License
Under the County’s Short-Term Rentals Program, Prince George’s County homeowners whose properties comply with County Code and who meet certain other criteria may seek a Short-Term Rental License to host renters working through established online sites (platforms). The County provides online licensing functionality for housing owners as well as online sites/platforms that facilitate the booking of short-term rental housing.
Short-Term Rental HOST/OWNER Application
Use this application if you are a homeowner looking to rent to short-term renters:
- Allows housing owners to apply, pay and receive Short-Term Rental Licenses from the County’s Momentum Application Portal.
Short-Term Rental PLATFORM Application
(For example, Airbnb, etc.):
- Tracks platforms’ compliance with short-term rental laws and regulations
Step-by-Step Application Instructions
Online Short Term Rental PLATFORM Application Instructions
- Step 1 – Visit the Momentum Application Portal.
- Step 2 – Choose the option for Short-Term Rental Platform Application.
- Step 3 – If you do not have an account, click “New Customer Signup” and create an account.
- Step 4 – Once you have created an account, log in with your username and password. Your username is the e-mail address that you used during registration.
- Step 5 – Choose the option for “Create Short-Term Rental Platform Application” in the Permit/License menu at the top of the page.
- Step 6 – Complete the one-page online application and submit it. Required fields are labeled with a red * . If you choose to save the application without submitting, you can continue the application later. Access the incomplete application by going to the menu option Permit/License -> My Permits/Licenses.
- Step 7 – Go to the Permit/License menu at the top of the page and click “My Permits/Licenses.”
- Step 8 – Find your application number and click the “Pay Fees” link on the right side of the row.
- Step 9 – Upon completion of this application and fee payment, you will be issued a thirty (30) day temporary license to operate your rental. The temporary license can be printed from your My Permits/Licenses dashboard.
- Step 10 – At this point, your application will be reviewed by DPIE staff. If the application is insufficient, someone from DPIE will contact you. DPIE may revoke temporary licenses for failure to resolve any issues.
- Step 11 – If there are no issues with your application, or when your application issues are resolved, the temporary license will convert to a permanent license at the end of the thirty (30) day temporary license period. Please return to the My Permits/Licenses dashboard at that time to print the permanent license. No licenses will be mailed to you. They must be printed from the online system.
Case Status Legend
- Pending: Customer is still working on the application and has not submitted to DPIE for review.
- Application: Application has been submitted; awaiting payment.
- TEMP License: Payment has been submitted; awaiting DPIE application review.
- Permitted: License has been issued.
Please view the DPIE Fee Schedule for the cost of Short-Term Rental License Fees. The Short-Term Rental License Fee — Host, expires one year from the date of issuance.
Please read the law carefully to learn details of the program. You may also want to begin researching the different platforms and their requirements.
Please note, if you are currently renting your home as a short-term rental through a platform such as Airbnb, or on your own, you are operating without a Short-Term Rentals License. You may be permanently barred from participating in the program and may incur enforcement action should your illegal rental be discovered. Anyone with information about illegal short-term rentals should report it to PGC311 at 3-1-1 (301-883-4748).
DPIE staff is pleased to have the opportunity to work with you. We hope your experience with the Prince George’s County Short-Term Rentals Program will be enjoyable for you and the guests you welcome.
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For more information, access our Short-Term Rentals FAQs page and our Short-Term Rentals Checklist. "Proof of Intent to Apply" Neighbor Notification and Homeowners Association Notification forms are located under Enforcement Division forms.