Short-Term/Vacation Rentals

Background

Per Carefree Ordinance Number 2022-03, short-term/vacation rental owners must obtain and maintain an annual Town license for each Carefree property. This Town of Carefree license is in addition to the county and state requirements outlined in the sections below.

Short Term Rental Flyer (PDF)

STEP 1: Obtain a Transaction Privilege Sales Tax (TPT) license from the Arizona Department of Revenue

A valid TPT license is required for each rental property in Carefree; your TPT number will be needed to apply for the Town of Carefree rental license in Step 2.
• Obtain your TPT license from ADOR at aztaxes.gov

STEP 2: Apply for a Carefree license

Complete the Carefree License Application – for each property, you must provide:
1. The name, address, phone number and email for the owner or owner’s agent
2. The address of the property
3. Proof of TPT license (obtained above)
4. Emergency contact information
5. Copy of Fire Safety Evacuation Map (see example)
6. Payment of Fee - $250.00
Apply for your short-term rental license at Carefree Town Hall, 8 Sundial Circle, Carefree AZ 85377 or mail to Town of Carefree, P.O. Box 740 Carefree AZ 85377, Attention: Dennis Randolph

STEP 3: Schedule the Required Town Inspection

Pursuant to Carefree Town Code Section 6-8-4, contact the Town of Carefree Building Department to schedule a short-term rental compliance inspection.

Short-term Rental Inspection Checklist

STEP 4: Notify neighbors and provide proof of insurance

Within 30 days of receiving your Carefree license (or any time the contact information for a property changes), you must notify all single-family residential properties adjacent to, directly and diagonally across the street from the property, or in a multi-family residential building, all units on the same building floor.
Carefree’s ordinance also requires that every short-term/vacation rental property be insured with liability coverage of at least $500,000 (either directly or through an online lodging marketplace).
• Once neighbor notification has occurred, complete the Attestation Form and submit with the application

STEP 5: Complete Maricopa County requirements

Each property must be registered with Maricopa County as required by ARS 33-1902 – it is illegal to rent a property before it is registered with the Maricopa County Assessor.
• Register with Maricopa County at mcassessor.maricopa.gov

STEP 6: Once your property is licensed, make sure contact information is maintained 

If the emergency/management contact information changes for a licensed rental property, you must update your Town license and provide the new property contact information to neighbors.
• Update your short-term/vacation rental license 
• Once neighbor notification of the updated contact information has occurred, complete the Attestation Form 
Submit these forms in person or by US mail to Carefree Town Hall, 8 Sundial Circle, Carefree AZ 85377 or mail to Town of Carefree, P.O. Box 740 Carefree AZ 85377, Attention: Dennis Randolph

Long-Term Rentals

Also included under A.R.S. §9-500.39 are regulations for residential rentals or “Long-Term Rentals”.  Long-term rentals are required to register with the Town of Carefree. These properties are defined as the rental of real property for a period of 30 or more consecutive days for residential purposes only and not commercial. Residential rental properties are also subject to tax, transaction privilege tax (TPT), and there applied to those properties when engaged in business under the residential rental classification by the Model City Tax Code. Individual owners of taxable rental properties are required by law to obtain a TPT license with ADOR regardless if the owners rent the property themselves or employ a property mana:gement company.

Whether the property is rented short-term or long-term, the entire property must be rented as a whole.  Accessory buildings may not be leased, subleased, or rented separate and apart from the main building and no main building may be leased, subleased, or rented separate and apart from an accessory building.

Contact Info

Dennis Randolph
Code Enforcement Officer
(480) 488-3686
dennis@carefree.org