The Portland Zoning Code does not allow short term vacation rentals in residential zones. That kind of transient lodging would be regulated like a hotel, which is classified as a Retail Sales and Service Use and is allowed only in non-residential zones. For information about the zoning of a particular property, you may log on to www.portland.maps.com or call our zoning information line at (503) 823-7526.
Houses or apartments in non-residential zones may be converted to short term/vacation rentals but must comply with building code regulations and require a permit.
In some zones, the zoning code requires off street parking that may be difficult to provide on site. But even where there no parking requirement, it may not be practical to use an existing garage and/or driveway for parking, or to create additional onsite parking. You may find that you either need to go through a land use adjustment process, because you can't meet all of the requirements, or that you end up "curbing off" the existing driveway so it can't be used for parking. View more information on the adjustment process.
Another zoning code requirement for most house conversions is that of a six foot wide (minimum) paved pedestrian walkway between the building entrance and the street. A walkway may also be required to connect other features on the site, such as additional entrances, bike parking, etc.
We strongly suggest that you contact a planner to discuss the requirements and options for the house you are considering. You may call the zoning info line at (503) 823-7526 or visit the Development Services Center to meet with someone in person.