Short-Term Rental Lottery

Short Term Rental Lottery for Non-Owner Occupied Units on the Mainland



The purpose of the short-term rental lottery for non-owner occupied units is to ensure a fair and consistent process when selecting applicants to fill the short term rental cap of 300 non-owner occupied units on the mainland.

Inaugural Year

  • Notify the public that applications for non-owner occupied short term rentals on the mainland must be received by May 30th.  Applications are sent to housingsafety@portlandmaine.gov
  • Randomly order the applicant numbers with a random list generator and select the top 300 to meet the cap. The remainder will be on the wait list.
  • Review applications for completeness. Contact applicants with incomplete applications and provide 1 week to correct. If not corrected, then exclude applications from selection and the wait list. They will need to reapply in the future.
  • Process payments. Provide 1 week for applicants to correct payment information if it can’t be processed. If not corrected, then exclude applicant and randomly select another from the wait list with a random list generator until the cap is met.
  • Notify all applicants of lottery results.  
Subsequent Years

  • When there is vacancy within the 300 cap, an applicant from the wait list will be randomly selected with a random list generator and notified. If the applicant can’t be reached or pay, then applicants will continue to be randomly selected from the wait list until the cap is filled.
  • A change of ownership will put the new owner on the wait list. It is not transferable.