City of Santa Fe Information
Current Santa Fe Short-Term Rental Laws
For All Short-Term Rentals within City Limits
- Local operator must be available 24/7 and able to be physically present at the STR unit to respond to emergencies and complaints within 1 hour of receiving a complaint.
- The owner/operator must post the permit or license number on all advertisements for the STR unit, including on host platforms, such as Airbnb and Vrbo.
- If a permit or registration is invalid, the platform must remove the listing within 5 days.
- Owner/operators must keep records from the three most recent years, and these records must be available for review by the City upon request. Records must include:
- Residentially zoned: date of each reservation and number of nights per reservation; amount of rent paid by guests per month; and amount of each type of tax and fee paid to the City by month.
- Non-residentially zoned: amount of rent paid by guests per month; and amount of each type of tax and fees paid to the City by month.
- The City will begin requiring the previous year’s records at renewal starting next year with the March 15, 2022 re-application period (2021 records).
- Occupancy: The overnight guest limit is twice the number of bedrooms.
- Gatherings: Gatherings are limited to twice the number of guests.
- Nuisance: All properties in Santa Fe are subject to our local laws, including those related to noise limits, nuisance activities, and criminal activities.
- One off-street parking spot required for properties with one or fewer bedrooms
- Two parking spots required for properties with two or more bedrooms
- Taxes: STRs are required to pay local, state, and federal taxes, including lodgers’ tax, gross receipts tax, and income tax.
For STRs within Residential Zones Only
- STRs in residential zones must obtain a permit. City-wide STR permit cap: 1,000.
- Permits are additionally limited to one per natural person (as opposed to an organization of any form or a business entity.) The property itself does not need to be owned by a natural person. (Note: All permits submitted by 12/31/20 will not be subject to this rule.)
- Permits cannot be transferred with the sale of a property or to another person. Permits may be transferred to a spouse of domestic partner upon the death of the permit holder, but only if the surviving spouse or domestic partner does not already hold a permit.
- STR unit may be rented once in a seven-day period except between November 15th to January 15th.
- Proximity Limit: The property boundary of one STR may not be within 50’ of another. This includes multi-unit dwellings with 3 or fewer units. (Note: All permits submitted by 12/31/20 will not be subject to this rule.)
- For apartments, condos, or other multi-unit structures with four or more units, no more than 25% of the units can be rented as an STR. No more than 12 permits will be issued for a single multi-unit dwelling.
For STRs within Non-Residential Zones Only
STRs outside of residential areas must obtain a registration.
There is no limit on the number of registrations that may be issued except in multi-unit dwellings: No more than 12 registrations will be issued for a single multi-unit dwelling.
New permit/registration application: $100
Permit/registration fee: $290/year
Business license fee: $35/year
TOTAL: $425 initial year | $325/year after
Renew your permit or apply for a new one at santafenm.gov/land_use
Read more details and see FAQs at santafenm.gov/short_term_rentals
Important Santa Fe Contact Information
Mayor Alan Webber
District 1 Councilor
Signe I. Lindell
District 1 Councilor
Michael Garcia - District 2 Councilor
(505) 955 - 6816
District 2 Councilor
Chris Rivera - District 3 Councilor
Roman "Tiger" Abeyta
District 3 Councilor
Jamie Cassutt - Sanchez - District 4 Councilor
JoAnne Vigil Coppler
District 4 Councilor
Director of Land Use and Planning: Elias Isaacson, firstname.lastname@example.org
John B. Hiatt, Chair
Mark Hogan, Vice-chair
Pilar Faulkner, Secretary
Lee Garcia, Summary Committee, Chair
Brian Gutierrez, Summary Committee
Janet Clow, Summarry Committee, Secretary - Long Range Planning Subcommittee
Other Helpful Resources:
Housing Stats: TownCharts
Housing & population Stats: Census
Community Stats: American Community Survey
STR Analytics: AirDNA