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Short Term Rentals

The City Council adopted short-term rental regulations on October 23, 2023. The full set of regulations and a summary can be viewed at the links below. There is a 6-month grace period for existing short-term rentals to comply; staff will be using this time to prepare forms and materials to issue licenses. It is anticipated that the registration portal will open to applications at the end of this grace period to give all applicants equal time to prepare. Once a system is in place for licenses to be issued, this web page will be updated with more information and the City will publish this content and notify operators to the extent possible. Additionally, during the grace period, existing operators can prepare for the application process and prepare their dwellings for inspection by completing the items listed below. If you wish to be added to a list in order to ensure that you are contacted directly when there are updates on this new system, please email or call 207-992-4257.


Please note that when the licensing process becomes available, you will be limited to applying for no more than 5 short-term rental units (total) and for no more than 50% of the units in a multi-family building.

Information/fees that will be required for the application

  • A fee of $250 for each proposed short-term rental unit (this fee will be $100 for subsequent years where the license for a unit is renewed, but not required to be inspected (inspections will be required every 3 years)
  • Contact information for the applicant or, if different than the applicant, the owner of the building in which the short-term rental unit is proposed to be located, along with written permission from said owner to operate the short-term rental unit. If the owner is a legal entity other than a natural person, the name of all natural persons who have an ownership interest in the legal entity that is listed as the record owner of the property and the contact information of at least one of the named individuals.
  • The location, including the zoning district and street address, of the building where the short-term rental unit is proposed to be located.
  • The number of proposed short-term rental units within the building.
  • Whether the short-term rental is proposed as a hosted or non-hosted short-term rental.
  • For hosted short-term rentals, attestation or documentation demonstrating that the premises where the short-term rental unit is located is the primary residence of the owner or operator.
  • For non-hosted short-term rentals, the name, phone number, and e-mail address of a natural person who is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to respond within 60 minutes to any on-site emergency at the premises where the short-term rental unit is located during any period when the short-term rental unit is occupied.
  • For short-term rentals in any three-family dwelling, four-family dwelling, apartment building, multiple-unit housing, attached residential building, or mixed residential and commercial building where all of the dwellings units within the building are under the same ownership or under unified management or control, a written statement from the owner identifying which dwelling units (not to exceed 50%) may be used for short-term rental.
  • A certificate of insurance that expressly states that the building and property may be used for short-term rental purposes and evidencing property insurance and general liability insurance in a sufficient amount to cover liabilities reasonably arising from short-term rental use.


 Inspection checklist

  • Address. A building containing a short-term rental unit must have approved, contrasting address numbers placed in a location that is visible from the street.
  • Storage and Trash.
  • Stairs hallways and entryways must be clear of any trash or personal belongings.
  • Combustible and flammable liquids and gases are not allowed inside the building or short-term rental unit unless they are in listed lockers.
  • There must be a container outside of the building for accumulated trash.
  • Exits.
  • The building must have two well-lit exits.
  • Exits must not be blocked by snow, personal belongings, or in any other fashion.
  • Fire escapes, if any, must be in good condition and not blocked.
  • The building must comply with applicable fire and life safety codes.
  • Electrical.
  • Extension cords are not allowed, except for temporary use (e.g., cleaning, construction).
  • Electrical panels must be easily accessed and covered, and fuses/circuits labeled and of the proper type.
  • Electrical receptacle boxes must have cover plates.
  • Heating Equipment. Heating equipment must be in good working order with no fuel leaks (this includes oil tanks), properly vented and, in the case of an oil furnace/boiler, have an emergency shut-off switch.
  • Fire Safety.
  • For short-term rental units located in apartment buildings, each apartment unit door must be labeled with a uniquely identifying number (e.g., Apartment 1, Apartment 2).
  • Electric-powered smoke alarms must be installed inside each bedroom, in the room outside of the bedrooms, and on each level of the building (if applicable). Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • At least one carbon monoxide detector (electric powered with battery back-up) must be in the building, located outside of the bedrooms.
  • No gasoline or other flammable liquids and gases shall be stored in the apartment building.
  • Space Heaters Prohibited. Electric space heaters in any building containing a short-term rental unit shall comply with applicable UL standards.


Click here for summary of proposed regulations

Click here for full draft of proposed regulations


Affected Zones

URD-1: Urban Residence District 1
URD-2: Urban Residence District 2
M&SD: Multifamily & Service District
NSD: Neighborhood Service District
USD: Urban Service District
DDD: Downtown Development District
WDD: Waterfront Development District
LDR: Low-Density Residential District
HDR: High-Density Residential District
S&PS: Shopping & Personal Service District
GC&S: General Commercial & Service District
RR&A: Rural Residence & Agricultural District


Map of Affected Zones

Any parcel within or within 100’ of a zone shown on this map is affected


The text at the bottom of the map is a list of credits for data included in the map. The map uses what’s called a basemap, which is created/contributed to by various organizations. For this one, it seems that the Province of New Brunswick had a hand in creating it. Other organizations listed at the bottom include ESRI (a major mapping software company), Garmin, and several US government agencies; these all had a hand in creating the basemap.

 You can find your parcel and zone on our interactive parcel viewer here

You can find more information about each zone here


Background Information

2022 Report from the Commission to Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine by Studying Land Use Regulations and Short-term Rentals

Research - Affordable Housing and the Impact of Short-Term Rentals

Harvard Study on the Effects of Airbnb Rental Regulations on Development