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Are you thinking about listing your Portage County home or property for short-term rental but don’t know where to start? Look no further! This guide takes you step by step through the process of getting your property ready to rent to visitors.
If you're not sure short term rentals are for you, check out our list of Things to Know Before You List, which gives you an idea of all the things property owners must consider before renting out their homes.
Want a print-friendly version of this guide? Download the guide to short term rentals here.
The Wisconsin Administrative Code ATCP 72 defines rules, policies, and health regulations related to opening a property for short term rentals, also known as a Tourist Rooming House (TRH).
Not sure where to start?
Download the application:
Portage County Lodging Application (PDF)
Portage County Lodging Application (Word)
Be sure to mail in your completed application AND payment to:NOTE: It will take a minimum of 10 business days to process your application!
Portage County Health & Human Services
817 Whiting Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481
The Portage County Department of Health and Human Services is the official licensing agent for the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
This person will help you set up a date and time for the pre-licensing inspection. The inspection must be completed and passed for your application to be approved.
This Checklist outlines some items covered in the pre-licensing inspection.
The licensing year is from July 1 to June 30 each year.
Zoning Permits are not required. Please note: some municipalities require a zoning permit, including the city of Stevens Point which should be identified during step 2.
Zoning Permits through Portage County are required.
Before filling out the Zoning Permit Application, check out the Zoning Permit Procedures for Portage County Zoning for all requirements.
Then, fill out a Portage County Zoning Permit Application and mail the completed form to: Portage County Planning and Zoning Department
1462 Strongs Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481
A seller's permit is required for every individual, partnership, corporation, or other organization making retail sales, leases, or rentals of tangible personal property or taxable services in Wisconsin unless all sales are exempt from sales or use tax.
In a 365-day calendar year, if you anticipate earning:
Visit this page for seller's permit information: Wisconsin Department of Revenue
Before entering this step, make sure you have completed and/or received the following:
There are many online sites people use to post their listings including Airbnb.com, Vrbo.com, and Booking.com.
NOTE: Booking.com only allows for completely private sites, meaning you cannot reside on the property while guests are staying there.
These are just three examples of sites that you can list your property on. It's important that you find the right fit for you and what you want to accomplish with renting out your property.
Learn industry definitions, who to contact, and more with our FAQ.
Looking for more information about what to do behind the scenes? Check out our Things to Know Before You List page, where we walk you through what each property owner should consider before setting up a short term rental.