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Corpus Christi Code on Short Term Rentals

At the City of Corpus Christi Council meeting on June 28, 2022, Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo and the City Council approved a new Short-Term Rental Ordinance that amends the City`s Unified Development Code (UDC) to allow short-term rentals (STRs) with restrictions in single-family residential districts citywide but not in single-family residential districts within the Padre/Mustang Island Area Development Plan area

Owner/operators of properly zoned Short-Term Rentals within the city limits must apply for a registration permit beginning on July 11, 2022. The city will continue to accept applications for the Flour Bluff and Padre/Mustang Island areas for STR units located in multi-family and commercial zoned areas. Proposed STR units located within single family zoned areas in Flour Bluff will be eligible to apply for the permit on July 11, 2022.

Read the new Short-Term Rental Ordinance here: City of Corpus Christi STR Ordinance

For more details on the new STR Ordinance and how it may affect you please call our local experts on this subject at 888-316-7182 extension #4 or visit the city`s STR website at 

City Staff Working on Phase Two of Ordinance

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Corpus Christi City Council received a briefing today regarding Phase 2 of the Short-Term Rental (STR) Ordinance process. Following the adoption of the STR Registration Ordinance for Flour Bluff and North Padre Island (Phase 1) in January, City staff then focused on evaluating land use, zoning districts, and density issues to determine if areas within single-family zoning districts might be appropriate for STR use across the city.

Here`s a summary of the Phase 2 recommendation:

  • No STRs would be allowed in single-family zoned areas on Padre Island
  • STRs in homesteads with owner on-site would be allowed city-wide (except on Padre Island) with no density requirements
  • STRs in single-family zoned neighborhoods would be allowed (except on the Padre Island) at only 15% of all homes on one side of a street
  • The appeals process, which would include community support for more STRs on the street, would be managed through the City`s Board of Adjustment

City staff began Phase 2 of the process by meeting with the STR Stakeholder Advisory Group.   The 17-member group has completed the following:

  • An area review of Corpus Christi, looking at sections of the City that may or may not be appropriate for STR use
  • Discussed different potential ordinance topics, including density/saturation options as well as tiers/types of STRs
  • Reviewed other Texas municipalities` STR distributions and best practices
  • Deliberated over the most appropriate options for Corpus Christi.  

In collaboration with Eric Wilhite from McAdams Consulting, City staff is now working on a draft of the Phase 2 Ordinance, considering feedback received from the STR Stakeholder Advisory Group, public comments, and best practices from Texas across the country.

Tuesday`s staff presentation requires no action. The schedule has six additional weeks of input before a final vote on the Phase 2 Ordinance in late June.

STR Operators Must Register to Stay in Compliance with New Ordinance

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Corpus Christi City Council passed an ordinance on January 11, requiring all legally operating, correctly zoned Short-Term Rental (STR) units in Flour Bluff and North Padre Island to register for a permit with the City of Corpus Christi beginning Tuesday, March 15. The registration fee is $50 per year. Registrations can be done online.

The ordinance allows property owners in commercial and multifamily-residential zones to operate an STR, but they must be registered to avoid citations. STRs cannot operate in single-family residential zones anywhere inside the city limits at this time.

STRs are defined as all or a portion of a residential dwelling that rents out for fewer than 30 days and not less than 12 hours.

Legal STR units operating in the remainder of the city will be required to register and obtain a permit by July 11.     

The City has developed a webpage where STR owners and property managers can find information about the registration process and use a link to the registration portal at

City Council Approves Registration Requirement for Short-Term Rentals

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – At today`s regularly scheduled City Council meeting, Corpus Christi Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo and the City Council heard the first reading of the proposed Short-Term Rental Ordinance that amends Chapter 5 of the City`s Code of Ordinances to require registration of any residential property that is rented to another party for a period of less than 30 consecutive days in all areas of Corpus Christi that are appropriately zoned for short-term rentals.

Short-term rental registration and permitting programs are used across the state and country to better manage and enforce regulations governing these types of rental units. Due to their popularity as an accommodation option for visitors to the Corpus Christi area, the City has developed this ordinance as a first step toward addressing their proper permitting and enforcement while maintaining a positive quality of life in neighborhoods.

This initial step will be followed by an additional phase that will include stakeholder involvement to address land use and other regulatory issues related to short-term rentals citywide.

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