Short Term Rental Survey

Input Sought on Short Term Rentals in Barnstable

The Town of Barnstable invites Barnstable residents, both year-round and seasonal, and other local stakeholders, such as business owners, to share their opinions regarding short term rentals through an online survey.  The survey can be accessed online at The survey will be open through November 1st.


A short-term rental is a home or a portion of a home (such as a room) that is:

  • rented for stays that are less than 31 days
  • rented for more than 14 total days a year

Short-term rentals are advertised in a number of ways: privately, managed by leasing/rental agents, or done online, through sites such as Airbnb, VRBO or HomeAway.  Short-term rentals are not hotels, motels, lodging houses or bed and breakfasts.  In Massachusetts, short-term rentals must now register with the Department of Revenue, and are charged state and local room occupancy tax.

The survey should take less than 5 minutes.  Responses to this survey are confidential and will be used for research purposes to assist in policy conversations about short-term rentals in the Town of Barnstable.  The survey seeks input people’s personal experiences with short-term rentals, thoughts about potential regulations, and opinions on the benefits and drawbacks to our community.

For more information about short term rentals in Barnstable visit

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