Short Term Rental Study and Proposed Zoning Amendments

Saint Paul is studying short term rentals and considering how to more effectively regulate them, as they are currently illegal under Saint Paul zoning code.  A short term rental is a house, apartment, bedroom, or even couch rented for less than 30 days and 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.

On June 2, 2017, the Saint Paul Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Short Term Rental Study and Proposed Zoning Amendments. The study recommends amending the zoning code to include short term rental uses. The proposed amendments define the use and establish standards. The Neighborhood Planning Committee report provides additional information on the recommendations.

Comments, testimonies and responses from residents of Saint Paul have also been gathered.

The Neighborhood Planning Committee will consider the public testimony at its meeting on June 27, 2017.  The meeting will be held at 4:00 pm in the 13th floor conference room of the City Hall Annex located at 25 West 4th Street in Saint Paul.  Planning Commission action is anticipated for July 14, 2017.

As part of this work, the Saint Paul Department of Safety and Inspections is developing licensing regulations to fit with the new proposed zoning regulations. This licensing information will be posted here when it is available for review.  The City Council will review and adopt zoning and licensing regulations, and City Council action is anticipated to occur in summer 2017. 

City Council Resolution Initiating Study of Short Term Rentals - February 2016
Short Term Rental Study Prepared for the Saint Paul City Council - July 2016
Short Term Rental Study and Proposed Zoning Amendments - June 2017