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.

On April 21, 2017, the Saint Paul Planning Commission released the Short Term Rental Study and Proposed Zoning Amendments for public review and comment. 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. 

A public hearing before the Saint Paul Planning Commission will be held:
Friday, June 2, 2017
8:30 a.m. 
City Hall Conference Center, Lower Level, Room 40
15 West Kellogg Boulevard

All comments regarding the study will be heard during the public hearing. Written comments may be submitted no later than Monday, June 5, 2017, 4:30 p.m. to Kady Dadlez at or via mail at 25 West Fourth Street, Suite 1400, Saint Paul, MN, 55102. You may also share your input through a short, three-question survey on Open Saint Paul, which will also close at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 5.

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 - April 2017