Short Term Rentals

Short-term rentals can provide vast economic benefits to Charlevoix’s property owners, businesses, and employees in the tourism industry through the expanded number of visitors and travelers to our community. However, negative externalities can occur to neighborhoods, housing availability, and health and safety practices if transparent and fair standards are not established.

As such, City Council has established regulations that serve to mitigate the negative externalities without harming the economic potential Short Term Rentals bring.


The number of Short Term Rentals is capped in each residential zone in the City of Charlevoix. Properly registering your Short Term Rental will ensure your spot either within the cap, or depending on the previous number of applications, the Short Term Rental Waiting list. Registration also ensures legal compliance with local and state short term rental laws.

To apply for a Short Term Rental Permit, please see the form attached at the bottom of this page. 

Regulations and Enforcement

Proper Short Term Rental management is necessary to maintain neighborhood quality and keep Charlevoix an attractive community for all who want to live, work, or visit here. Short Term Rentals are required to be up to date on all county and state building codes, follow noise and nuisance ordinances, meet maximum capacity restrictions, along with other requirements. The Zoning Administrator acts as an enforcement officer for these matters, and will conduct periodic inspections of Short Term Rentals. The City of Charlevoix Planning and Zoning Department has full authority in managing short term rental registration and enforcement.

For more information, please contact the Zoning Administrator at or 231-547-3265. 


Short Term Rental Fees

Permit, Application or Fee TypeOrdinance LinkFee
Annual LicenseSection § 114.06 
Registration (with Inspection)Section § 114.06
Registration (without Inspection)Section § 114.06 
Waiting List Deposit (when required)Section § 114.04
Violation Administration FeeSection § 114.08$100.00

Short Term Rental Documents