Rental Certification & Licensing Guide


House ImageThe City of Holland offers several types of certificates and licenses for different types of rental activities. Use the descriptions below to determine what kind of license and, or certificate you need. Includes: Monthly / Annual, Roomers & Boarders, Hotel / Motel, Bed & Breakfast, and Short Term Rentals.

Rental Certificate of Compliance for:

Monthly / Annual lease - This is a home that is offered for rent using a monthly or yearly lease. The property is occupied by the same person or group of people for a minimum of 30 days. A Rental Certificate of Compliance is required. There is an annual fee, and an inspection every 3 years. Learn more about the Rental Housing Program.

Roomers & Boarders– This applies when a homeowner allows 1 or more non-family members to live with them in their home. The home owner provides meals and lodging for monetary compensation. A special exception from the Board of Appeals and a Rental Certificate of Compliance are required. Click on the links below for more information about Roomers and Boarders.  

Public Lodging License for:

Hotel / Motel– A building or structure where one or more rooms are made available to travelers / non-residents. Allowed in some commercial zones. An annual inspection and Public Lodging License are required. Click on the links below for more information about Hotels & Motels.

Bed & Breakfast– An owner occupied single family home, where up to 4 guest rooms (or 12 guests in addition to resident family members) are made available to travelers / non-residents. Located in residential zones. Cooking facilities shall not be available to guests. An annual inspection and Public Lodging License are required. A special exception from the Board of Appeals is required prior to operation. Click on the links below for more information about Bed & Breakfasts.

Short Term Rentals:

Short Term Rental (aka "Airbnb") – A dwelling unit offered for rent in part or in its entirety for less than 30 consecutive days per occupant. A Short Term Rental Certificate of Compliance is required. Click on the links below for more information about Short Term Rentals.

  1. Owner Occupied - This is the owner’s primary residence. One room may be rented while the owner lives there, or the entire home while they are away. This is allowed in any zone district. 
  2. Investor Owned - The owner does not live here, and they rent the entire home to visitors. This is often a vacation home or second home. This is allowed:
    - In the following Zone Districts: NMU, CMU, RMU, GMU, ED, I, PUD, and F where residential uses are permitted; OR
    - In a Residential Zone District (LDR, CNR, MDR, and TNR) with a maximum of 25 properties(*), and a 500 foot separation distance. * We have reached our maximum capacity of 25 Investor Owned Short Term Rentals allowed in residential zones within the City of Holland.
  3. Tulip Time - A dwelling that is offered in part or in its entirety for not more than 10 days during the designated Tulip Time festival in May. No inspection or certificate are required.

Exempt:

  • Residential Care Facilities – An adult foster care facility or residential facility for the care, treatment or rehabilitation of persons with physical, mental or social-emotional disorders, when licensed and inspected by the State of Michigan.
  • Tulip Time Short Term Rentals