Homestay Home Occupation permits now available

Homestay Home Occupation Permits are now available to Town of Leesburg residents who wish to make their homes short-term rental properties.

In October 2020, the Leesburg Town Council adopted its homestay rental ordinance. The Code of Virginia § 15.2-983 defines a short-term rental as “the provision of a room or space that is suitable or intended for occupancy for dwelling, sleeping, or lodging purposes for a period of fewer than 30 consecutive days, in exchange for a charge for the occupancy.”

This allowed use is not the same as a  bed and breakfast, commercial inn, dormitory, hotel/motel, or tourist home.

Only resident-owners may operate homestay rental businesses in the Town of Leesburg and must occupy the property as their primary residence for at least 180 days each year.

Accessory dwelling units may not be used for homestay rentals. Both a business license, and a Homestay Home Occupation Permit is needed from the Town of Leesburg in order to operate the business. The business license and permit must be renewed annually. Other guidelines apply.

To learn more, or to apply for a Homestay Home Occupation Permit, visit or contact the Zoning Division staff at 703-771-2765 or

This topic will be discussed during a “Live in Leesburg” on the Town’s Facebook page on Friday, July 16, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Viewers will have the opportunity to learn more about the application process and have their questions answered live during a Q & A session. To submit your question in advance, please email Assistant Public Information Officer Leah Kosin at

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