Proposed Short-Term Rental Zoning Code Amendments and Licensing
The City of Saint Paul is studying short-term rentals and considering how to more effectively regulate them, as they are not permitted under the current Saint Paul zoning code. A short-term rental is a house, apartment, bedroom, or even couch rented for less than 30 days and is typically booked on websites like Airbnb and VRBO. In an effort to capture what this part of our community looks like, Airbnb has created an overview of the demographic information of their hosts and renters in Saint Paul.
In February 2016, City Council initiated the study of short-term rentals in Saint Paul.
In July 2016, the Department of Planning and Economic Development and the Department of Safety and Inspections created a Short-Term Rental Study report for the Saint Paul City Council, which recommends amending the zoning code to include short-term rental uses. This study found that Saint Paul has approximately 250 short term rentals listed online with minimal complaints of renters behaving negatively or experiencing unsafe short term rental sites.
Planning Commission Public Hearing
On June 2, 2017, the Saint Paul Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Short-Term Rental Study and proposed zoning amendments, which define short term rental usage and establish zoning standards. The Neighborhood Planning Committee report includes the proposed amendments and provides additional information on the recommendations. The Neighborhood Planning Committee's clarification memo discusses issues raised at the July 14, 2017 Planning Commission meeting.
During the public hearing, comments were gathered from the community, including oral and written testimony, written comments, and responses on the City's Open Saint Paul platform. All of these are used in the Planning Commission's decision-making process.
Planning Commission action on the proposed zoning code amendments is anticipated for August 11, 2017. The meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the basement of City Hall, in Rooms 40A and 40B, 15 Kellogg Boulevard West, Saint Paul, MN 55102.
The Planning Commission's recommendation will then be sent to City Council, who will also hold a public hearing for the amendments before adopting them and passing along the final recommendation to the Mayor for adoption. Details about the City Council public hearing will be posted here when a date is set.
Proposed Licensing Regulations
As part of this work, the Saint Paul Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI) is developing licensing regulations to fit with the new proposed zoning code amendments.
The City Council is expected to begin reviewing DSI's proposed regulations in summer 2017, followed by a public hearing and then final adoption.
Details about the proposed licensing regulations and the public hearing will be posted here when more information is available.