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What is homestay?

Homestay is the rental of residential property (your home), or a portion of it, to guests for short term stay. Often homeowners use web-based platforms such as AirBnB, Craigslist or HomeAway for advertising and booking of this type of short term or transient rental. As of January 1, 2017, this type of rental activity is allowed in the Town of Blacksburg subject to standards adopted by Town Council. To qualify, you must (i) be the property owner and (ii) live in the home you plan to rent. There are other requirements related to the number of times you may rent your home in a year, host and guest information, and guest safety standards. Lodging taxes must be paid for this type of rental.


How to I apply?

To apply, please fill out the application below and submit the completed application and associated tax forms to the Planning and Building Department. When approved, you will received a confirmation from the town. At present there is no fee for processing of a  homestay application. The homestay application form includes more explanation about the use and the applicable standards with which you must comply. The appropriate financial forms for the payment of lodging taxes are also found below.   

If you have any questions about the homestay use or how to fill out the application, please contact the Planning and Building Department at 540-443-1300. The Planning and Building Department is located in the Blacksburg Motor Company at 400 S. Main St. Office hours are Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The primary staff contacts for homestay applications are Hillary Moore and Paul Patterson.

If you have questions about the lodging tax or business license please contact the Finance Department at 540-443-1050. The Finance Department is located on the second floor of the Blacksburg Municipal Building at 300 S. Main St. Office hours are Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Application and tax forms

Homestay application (PDF)

Homestay monthly tax form (PDF)

Homestay frequently asked questions (PDF)

Meals and lodging homestay registration form (PDF)

Transient lodging tax information sheet (PDF)

Signed Ordinance 1807 (PDF)

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