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Short-term rentals are only allowed in specific zoning districts with the approval of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP). The unapproved use of a property as an STR violates Sugar Land's zoning regulations. More information is available at www.sugarlandtx.gov/ShortTermRentals
Rental length defines what would be considered a short-term rental. Any property that is leased or rented out in whole or in part (a room, for example) longer than 30 days is not considered a short-term rental and would be allowed.
There is a misconception that Sugar Land prohibits short-term rentals because the City would not be able to collect occupancy tax from these rentals. In fact, any owner that is operating a lodging business – including a short term rental – anywhere in the state of Texas is required to collect state hotel occupancy taxes that must be submitted to the State Comptroller.
Additionally, if STRs were allowed in Sugar Land (they are not), they would also be subject to the city’s hotel occupancy tax.