Short Term Rental License

The Cave Creek Town Council unanimously adopted a Short-term Rental Public Health & Safety Protections ordinance on Monday, July 17, 2023 as a reasonable and consistent approach to protect the health, welfare, and quality of life for its residents and visitors. 

The Council’s approach involved robust legal research, several public meetings and extensive public comment. The adopted code facilitates the equitable application of state law to protect and balance property owners’ rights while allowing for the consistent collection of existing transaction privilege taxes. The taxes support programs identified within the FY24 approved Budget, including roadway infrastructure and maintenance, water and wastewater operations and fire safety and security. 

*The Ordinance takes effect on November 6, 2023.* 

Short Term Rental License Application Form (PDF) - This form must be filled out for each property.  An annual permit fee of $250 is required per property.

To expedite the process please email completed Short Term Rental Applications to and let us know if you would like a call back to pay over the phone by credit card. For application questions, please call 480-488-6621.

Short Term Rental (Resolution R2023-02 & Ordinance O2023-02)

What qualifies as a short term rental?

Property Owner/Manager Requirements & Resources

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

All owners must have a valid Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) license issued by the Department of Revenue (TPT Information & Application) to apply for a Town of Cave Creek license. 

Step 2: Maricopa County

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 (Maricopa County Rental Registration).

Step 3: Apply for a Town of Cave Creek Annual Business License

Property must be registered as a Short-Term Residential with the Town of Cave Creek 

Step 4: Apply for a Town of Cave Creek Short-Term Residential/Vacation Rental license (required for each property) 

(Cave Creek Online Registration - Coming Soon)

Additional Resources 

Arizona Department of Revenue (
1600 West Monroe Street 
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 255-3381

Maricopa County Assessor's Office (
301 West Jefferson Street 
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 506-3406