Short-term Rentals

2020 Annual Short-Term Rental Report
The Planning and Zoning Department compiles an annual report on Short-term Rentals in the Township. Click here to access the latest report for calendar year 2020.

COVID-19 Information for Short-Term Rentals 
On June 1, 2020, Executive Order 2020-110 rescinded  restrictions on short-term rentals in Michigan. Follow this link to find resources for how to operate rentals safely during COVID-19.

COVID-19 Short-Term Rental License Extension
On July 13, 2020, the Board of Trustees approved a 60-day extension onto all Short-Term Rental Licenses registered with the Township prior to July 13, 2020.

Short-Term Rental Ordinance Licensing Ordinance
Ordinance 5 of 2019, a Short-Term Rental (STR) Licensing Ordinance, was approved by the Board of Trustees on July 8, 2019. This ordinance repeals and replaces the previous Short-Term Rental ordinance of June 11, 2018. A Short-Term Rental License is required to advertise and operate a Short-Term Rental in East Bay Township.

How to Apply for and Renew a Short-Term Rental License

1. Applying for a Short-Term Rental License
All property owners who wish to operate a Short-Term Rental in East Bay Township must first obtain a STR License. This step-by-step guide will help you quickly submit an application online. All licenses and renewals are $350.

  • Step 3: Submit your application through this website. If you have trouble with the website, try contacting the Planning & Zoning Office.

2. Renewing a Short-Term Rental License
Each Short-Term Rental License has as duration of one year. Every license is eligible to be renewed, and this guide will walk through this process. License renewals can only be processed between 30 days prior to or 30 days after the license expiration date.

  • Step 1: Review all your original application materials and locate your current Short-Term Rental License number. You will need your current license number to move on with the renewal process. If you are unable to locate your license number, contact the Planning and Zoning Department.
  • Step 2: Update any documents with new or changed information.  This may include new neighbor information, or an updated septic report (remember, the license requirements need you to check your septic every 3 years).
  • Step 3: Attach the requested documentation in the Short-term Rental Application Portal, being sure to include any updated documents. The requested documents are the same as the initial license application. Click here to access the portal.


Leslie Couturier,
Zoning Administrator, oversees the materials submitted for short-term rental applications. 
Phone: (231) 947-8681

Visit the Township Hall at 1965 N. Three Mile Road or, for guaranteed availability, schedule an appointment ahead of time through phone or email.