Wednesday - May 23, 2018

Get your homestay permit today — here’s how

bedroom homestay


ˈhōmˌstā/ ; noun

The renting of a room in a private, resident-occupied dwelling where overnight lodging accommodations are provided to transients for compensation for under 30 days and where the use is subordinate and incidental to the main residential use of the building.


Do you need to get a homestay permit, but don’t know where to start? We are here for you! The City of Asheville recently hired a full-time Development Review Specialist to work with residents on permitting their homestays and enforce the homestay regulations adopted by City Council. Since that time, Shannon Morgan has been happily assisting potential homestay owners in working through the permit process and getting the required inspection.

“It’s been really helpful that people’s submittals have included all of the required documents,” said Morgan. “That definitely speeds up the process, so we can issue permits more quickly and homestay owners can start scheduling and receiving guests at their residence right away!”


How do I get a permit?

The Development Services Department has made the application and permitting process easier than ever:

  • Simply fill out the simple, one-page homestay application.
  • Submit the completed form along with a floorplan drawing (example and directions available on page 2 of the application), the $208 processing fee, and at least two documents proving your residency. Accepted documents include voter registration, DMV license address, income tax form/W-2/vehicle insurance, auto registration, car title or public school registration.
  • For questions about the permitting process or to check the status of your application please schedule an inspection with Shannon Morgan by contacting him at or 828-259-5829.


The homestay regulations are meant to allow residents the opportunity to legally generate income while maximizing visitor safety and the compatibility of a homestay with the harmony and character of the neighborhood. To meet that goal, permits must be renewed every 12 months and homestay properties will be inspected at time of renewal.

Assistant Director of Development Services Jason Nortz feels that the permitting process is going well.

“All Homestay applications received to date have been processed as expeditiously as possible. We are averaging about a five day turnaround from application submittal to permit issuance,” said Nortz. “Keeping this process under the responsibility of one primary point of contact has allowed us the opportunity to develop an efficient process for our customers. We will continue monitor this new process closely and will be providing updates on a regular basis.”


Related coverage: Asheville homestay and short-term rental update: Regulation changes and active enforcement

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