Short Term Rental Host

A Short Term Rental Host license is required for any person who is the owner or tenant of a dwelling unit, or portion thereof who provides a dwelling unit for short-term rental use. Short term means a period of less than 30 days.

It is unlawful for any person to engage in a short-term rental advertisement or operate as a short-term rental host within the City without a valid Short-Term Rental Host license. 

Application Requirements

To obtain a Short Term Rental Host License, you must submit the following: 

To renew a Short Term Rental Host License, you must submit the following: 

  • Annual Fee ($41)
  • Signed Affidavit of Compliance
  • Workers' Compensation Form

An invoice will be sent to the license holder with the above documents prior to the license expiring.

Inspections

To issue or renew a Short Term Rental Host license, the Director and the Police Chief must investigate the application. 

Fees, license term and renewal

To obtain a Short Term Rental Host License, you are required to pay the license fee of $41 for each unit you are renting. The License will expire one year from the date of issuance and must be renewed annually. The annual License renewal fee is $41.

Short Term Rental Platforms

Short Term Rental Platform license is for a person or entity that provides a means through which an owner or tenant of a dwelling unit offers the dwelling unit for short-term rental use and from which the platform derives revenue. This service includes but is not limited to allowing a short-term rental host to advertise the dwelling unit for short-term rental use through a website provided by the short-term platform and providing a means for potential users to arrange payment for use of the short-term rental. 

Application Requirements

All Short Term Rental Platforms with booking services are required to obtain a Short Term Rental Platform License by submitting the following required documents:

Platforms that provide liability insurance coverage appropriate to cover short-term rental use in the aggregate of not less than $300,000 may also submit a copy of the applicable policy, which will serve to satisfy the application requirement of their affiliated hosts who apply for Short-term Rental Host licenses.     

Inspections

To issue or renew a Short Term Rental Platform License, the Director and the Police Chief must investigate the application. 

Fees, license term, and renewal

To obtain a Short Term Rental Platforms License, you are required to pay the license fee of $10,200.  The License will expire one year from the date of issuance and must be renewed annually. The annual License renewal fee is $10,200.

Code Requirements

See Saint Paul Legislative Code for more information about Short Term Rental licenses.  

Questions? Please contact DSI at 651-266-8989, or email the DSI Message Center.

 

Last Edited: December 18, 2021