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Does your town require a vacation home registration fee?

Written by Joan Talmadge
Does your town require a vacation home registration fee?
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ACCEPTEDAs you probably know, some towns on the Cape and Islands have been interested in expanding the state lodging tax to private rental homes.  That has not yet been approved by the state legislature, but did you know that many towns on the Cape require vacation rental owners to register their homes and pay a fee?

Listed below are the towns and required fees as of April, 2017.  In most cases, you can download the registration application from the town’s website.  Note that we are simply passing along this information.  We do not get involved in this process in any way.

  • All Barnstable villages – Barnstable Village, West Barnstable, Marstons Mills, Cotuit, Osterville, Centerville, Hyannis.    $90 annually; additional units are $25 each annually
  • Falmouth: $25 annually
  • Yarmouth:  $80 annually
  • Dennis:  $50 annually
  • Harwich:  $50 annually
  • Eastham:  $75 annually; $45 water test annually
  • Truro:  $200 annually
  • Provincetown:  $300 for 3 years

The fees above are subject to change, so you may want to check with your town. In addition, some towns have a strict requirement regarding the number of occupants allowed.

About the author

Joan Talmadge

Joan Talmadge - My husband Jeff and I created WeNeedaVacation.com in 1997, shortly after buying our Cape home. My background includes teaching fifth grade for 8 years and writing and editing educational publications for 15. I get great joy from helping fellow homeowners successfully rent their homes. Jeff and I are proud to have two of our three grown children working for WeNeedaVacation.com, truly a family-run business. For me, the Cape and Islands are magical all times of the year -- whether it's walking on Nauset Beach, playing golf, or enjoying family and friends. Email Joan

2 Comments

  • Lynn,
    You are right on target with your comments.
    Politicians raising taxes will force landlords to increase rents to survive. Eventually, high rents will drive tenants to rent in other locations rather than expensive Cape Cod. Less tenants and visitors will translate into less business for restaurants, retail stores, etc.
    What are they thinking by raising fees? The solution is for governements to spend less and reduce fees and taxes to encourage landlords and bring more tenants to the Cape.
    Express your concern and vote for those who understand the economic view point.

  • As an owner of a Dennis vacation home we have not heard of a registration tax. I assume this is in addition to any percentage tax that may be approved by the state. We have received nothing from the Town of Dennis regarding this tax. It seems in the 8+ years we have been renting our home that there are so many extra expenses that keep rising plus the many other homes now on the market for rent, We haven’t raised our rental fee in years. We feel, at this time, that we have reached the max for the area. We have also seen a downturn in the requests for information plus we have had 3 commitments for the summer that all canceled. I think there are too many available properties at this time. I guess another rental tax would be the icing on the cake. I always felt it would be better to have the house occupied than sitting empty. If another tax is added we will have to reconsider.