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Guide to Short Term Rentals
Thinking about renting out your home? This guide walks you through the entire process of setting up your property as a short term rental for visitors to stay in Portage County, Wisconsin. From obtaining permits to listing the property, we have all the details here. Check out our Complete Guide to Short Term Rentals for the step-by-step process.
Need some more information before starting this process? Here are some Things to Know Before You List your short term rental property that will help answer initial questions.
What is a Tourist Rooming House?Top
A Tourist Rooming House (TRH) refers to any lodging place (homes, cabins, cottages, etc.) other than hotels and motels that include sleeping arrangements and are offered for pay to area visitors.
What is a Transient?Top
"Transient," or "tourist" refers to anyone who travels to a location other than their permanent address for a brief time for a variety of reasons such as vacation, pleasure, recreation, culture, business, or employment.
What is a Lodging Marketplace?Top
A Lodging Marketplace is a third-party business or organization that helps property owners list and advertise their property for short term rentals. The lodging marketplace collects state and county taxes on behalf of the property owner and sends those funds to the appropriate tax authority.
How does operating a Short Term Rental affect my taxes?Top
Lodging marketplaces collect state and county taxes on behalf of the property owner and send those funds to the proper tax authority.
If you live in a municipality that collects room taxes, including but not limited to the City of Stevens Point, the Village of Plover, or the Town of Plover, additional room taxes are applied. Contact your municipality for more information on room taxes.
Who should I contact if I have questions?Top
For questions about specific local municipality requirements:
- Visit the Portage County Directory to find out the contacts in your municipality. (Town Offices begin on page 38, and Village Offices begin on page 46.)
For questions related to Portage County licensing requirements:
- Contact Cheryl Helms, RS at (715) 345-5772 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about Portage County zoning requirements:
- Contact the Portage County Planning and Zoning Department at (715) 346-1334
For questions related to State Seller's Permits:
- Contact the Wisconsin Department of Revenue at (608) 266-2776 or DORBusinessTax@wisconsin.gov