When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it is important for you to understand the laws in the County of Kauai. As a platform and marketplace, we do not provide legal advice, but we want to give you some useful links and information that may help you get familiar with the new rules. If you have more questions after reviewing these resources, we recommend visiting Kauai’s website, contacting Kauai’s licensing agencies directly, and/or consulting a local lawyer or tax professional.
Anyone listing on Airbnb who hosts short-term stays (fewer than 180 consecutive nights) on Airbnb in Kauai is required to add their Tax Map Key (TMK), a 12-digit tax number to the ‘Regulations’ tab on their hosting page.
Step 1: Check your eligibility
The County of Kauai only allows properties in certain zones or with valid non-conforming use certificates (NUCs) to host short-term rentals. If you do not know whether you are in a legally compliant zone or whether your property has an NUC, you can call the Planning Department at (808) 241-4050 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will speed the process if you provide the Planning Department staff with your TMK when you contact them.
If one or more of your properties are not eligible as a short-term rental, you can switch to long-term stays. Simply change your calendar to only accept reservations of 180 nights or more.