STR Info

IF you are looking into buying a property in Shandaken, be aware that Short Rental Licenses are NOT Transferable! 

We have met our cap on Absent Owner STR’s. We Do Not have a Wait List. There is now a 6 month Moratorium on all new STR licenses 3/2024

Enacted 6/10/2022 updated 3/2024   Short Term Rental Law – Town of Shandaken < READ IT!

IF you are due for a renewal of your STR License – We will be emailing owners a few weeks in advance of  date when their FULL License was provided. The email will include a 1 page form to fill out & the web address of our new online payment page for you to pay your yearly fee. (e-check or Card). No inspections are required at this time.   STR Renewal Application


Owners who are in Violation do not have a license to operate a Short Term Rental, and must rent their property for 30 days or more.  A license is not required if you rent for 30 days or more at a time. Your online listing must reflect this.

Updated February 2023

Absent Owners – Our cap of 150 Short Term Rental Licenses has been met. We are not issuing anymore Absent Owner Licenses.

Owner/Resident Occupied – Owners who live on the property or another property in Shandaken FULL TIME & are present while STR is being rented. There is no cap on number of licenses we will issue to these owners.

*Homes purchased after June 9th, 2022, must wait 1 year before applying for a license.  Existing STR Licenses are non-transferable.

Short Term Rental License Application for Owner/Resident Occupied (6 month moratorium until 9/2024)

Ulster County REGISTRATION FORMApplication for Certificate of Authority – Mail application to THEM!

NEED COPY OF YOUR DEED? Email Assessor Office >

Samples of Property Map Hand Drawn Map- to show property boundaries & landmarks – to avoid trespassing, We do not want your survey, county or google map. It should be very clear to guests, where your property line ends.

Floor Plan to show bedrooms, windows & exits, Emergency Contact flyer & How to display your house number for guests/Emergency services. Inspection List

Safety Letter to All STR Owners – Please read!



Highlights of the New STR Law #2 of 2022

  • All Short term rentals (STR) in the Town of Shandaken must have a license to operate.
  • Owner or property manager must respond within 30 min. & be available  in person within 1 hour, to an emergency.
  • Proof of a one-year ownership of a property is required for an STR license. (Homes purchased after 6/9/22).
  • There is a cap of 150 on the number of Short Term Rental licenses issued to Non-Residents.
  • The structure will be inspected to ensure compliance with the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Code.
  • Owner shall provide the ability for guests to make Emergency telephone calls.
  • Your insurance must also show Landloard, STR, Homesharing, or Business Liabilty on your policy. We do not accept Airbnb insurance.
  • Abutting/Adjacent properties to the STR will be notified by certified mail, 30 day input period from neighbors before license is issued. *You will be billed by Town for each mailing @ $8.10 each
  • Address Number must be clearly visible from road for guests & emergency services.
  • Map of property for guests showing boundaries & landmarks of property to prevent trespassing. (No survey map or county map) Hand drawn is fine. *When guests go outside – there should be no doubt of where your property ends.
  • Garbage must be kept in wildlife resistant container or secured in sturdy  shed or garage at all times. (Guests should not be told to ‘take their garbage with them’).
  • Also required: Smoke Alarms, CO2 Detector, Fire Extinguishers (Kitchen & Exit Doors), Telephone.