Short Term Rental Zoning and License Ordinances
Short term rental license application materials and more information for hosts and platforms are available here.
Zoning Code Amendment and New License Ordinances
On October 25, 2017 the Saint Paul City Council adopted zoning and license ordinances to effectively regulate short term rentals. 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. The Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI) is responsible for issuing licenses and enforcing the ordinance. DSI can provide information and details on how to apply for a short term rental license.
A Brief History of the New Ordinances
In February 2016, the Saint Paul 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 presented the Short Term Rental Study report to the Saint Paul City Council. The study recommended zoning amendments and new license ordinances to update City practices to recognize this new type of use as permitted and to effectively regulate it to ensure the safety of hosts and visitors in the Saint Paul.
Planning Commission Public Hearing
On June 2, 2017, the Saint Paul Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Short Term Rental Zoning Study and proposed zoning amendments. During this public comment period, leading up to and including the public hearing, public comments were provided to the City in writing and verbally at the actual hearing. These comments were considered by the Planning Commission during its decision-making process.
City Council Public Hearing
On October 4, 2017, the Saint Paul City Council held a public hearing on the proposed zoning and license ordinances. The City Council adopted the zoning and license ordinances on October 25, 2017 after making some amendments to the staff recommendation.
How to Apply for a License
Short term rental license application materials and more information for hosts and platforms are available on the Department of Safety and Inspections website.
Other Helpful Documents
- Planning Commission resolution recommending approval of the proposed amendments
- Short Term Rental Zoning Study and Proposed Zoning Code Amendments
- Update to Short Term Rental Zoning Study and Proposed Zoning Code Amendments
- Summary of testimony at the Planning Commission public hearing
- Written comments received during the Planning Commission public hearing
- Open Saint Paul survey responses submitted prior to the Planning Commission public hearing