The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.


    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080
    [email protected]

    Kingston News

    3/7/2024 - City of Kingston Full Short-Term Rental Permits at Capacity

    March 7, 2024


    City of Kingston Full Short-Term Rental Permits at Capacity


    KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to provide an update on the City of Kingston’s short-term rental registration. Full-time short-term rental capacity has been met, and registration for short-term rental full permits has been closed until further notice.

    “With our new zoning code, renting or advertising a property for short-term rental requires a license, and the number of full short-term rental permits is capped at 106, which is 1% of Kingston’s total housing units,” said Mayor Noble. “We are happy to report that most units have come into compliance. Now that we have reached capacity, the registration for full STRs has closed but resident occupied and limited STRs are still allowable with a license and registration. Limiting and supervising the number of short-term rentals was one of the community goals put forward in the new zoning code, and we are pleased to see this process running smoothly.”

    Online registration for short term rental permits under the new zoning code first opened on August 15, 2023. To date, the short-term rental registrations include:

    Full: 106

    Resident-occupied: 12

    Limited (less than 30 days per year): 8


    The list of City of Kingston  properties with short-term rental permits can be found here.

    Though registration is required, there is no cap on limited short-term rentals (less than 30 days a year) or resident-occupied short-term rentals. Property owners can still register resident occupied and limited STRs at The annual registration fee for Limited STR is $125; and Resident-occupied is $125. Unlicensed STRs will be subject to enforcement and significant fines. The current violation fees, per day rented or per day advertised, are $1,000 for the first instance, $5,000 for the second instance, and $7,500 for a third or subsequent instance.

    A fact sheet with frequently asked questions can be found here. Additional questions can be directed to the City of Kingston’s Office of Housing Initiatives at 845-334-3928 or the Building Safety Dept. at 845-331-1217.

    To report complaints regarding a City of Kingston STR, visit

    The new citywide form-based zoning code was developed over the course of three years with community input and the guidance of consultants at Dover Kohl & Partners. The new code encourages affordable housing, promotes walkable and accessible neighborhoods, safeguards historic building patterns, and preserves Kingston’s open spaces. The new code also allows the development of mixed-use spaces and diverse housing types, provides incentives and mandates for creating affordable housing, regulates short-term rentals, and sets standards for creating a safer, more walkable city. The City of Kingston’s zoning map can be found here.

    More about the new zoning code at