AZ SB 1168 Update

Discover how Arizona's new bill SB1168 protects responsible Hosts & gives cities tools to address disruptive STRs, while preserving quality of life in communities

AZ SB 1168 Update

Earlier this month, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed bill [SB 1168] ( into law which establishes new guidelines for short-term rentals (STRs) across the state. This bill protects responsible Arizona Hosts, and gives cities new tools to address the small number of STR owners who disrupt the quality of life in neighborhoods.

The bill allows cities to adopt a licensing scheme for STRs, and suspend or revoke a locally issued license if a listing accrues three health or safety violations within a 12 month period.  Please keep an eye out for notices regarding local hearings so that you can stay informed about permits, fees, and how to keep your listings legal.

More importantly, SB1168 protects the 2016 law that keeps local jurisdictions from enacting bans  or burdensome regulations on STRs. After many months of negotiation, the bill garnered the support of a number of statewide advocacy groups, including the League of Arizona Cities and Towns which represents local jurisdictions across the state. State legislators, STR platforms, and the League of Arizona Cities and Towns collaborated to identify solutions to preserve quality of life in Arizona communities while still allowing STRs and the tourism industry to continue to thrive.

The bill is set to take effect statewide on September 24, 2022. Local cities and towns will begin introducing local ordinances and set public hearings after this date. We will continue to monitor this issue and share updates as we get additional information.