Buffalo, located on the eastern shores of Lake Erie, offers visitors a mix of historical landmarks, vibrant neighborhoods, and a burgeoning food scene. Short term rental regulations in Buffalo vary between homeowners, non-homeowners, and within N-4-30 or N-4-50 zones which require a zoning variance and public community hearing:
- Homeowners must register their properties with the Department of Permits and Inspections Services and submit a business license application to the City of Buffalo. The initial registration fee is $150 with a $75 annual renewal fee.
- A non-homeowner-occupied rental property requires the owner to file for a special use permit. The initial registration fee is $250 with a $150 annual renewal fee. (Local agents must oversee properties for owners outside of Erie County.)