Short Term Rental Application Process

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Applying for a Short Term Rental (STR) Property

1. How do I get approved/ what approvals do I need? 

All STRs require registration. Some require zoning approval in advance of registration. To find out what kind of approval you need, click on FOR RENT sign on the right.

Short Term Rental Application Process
2. What documents must I provide when I apply?

All applications (registration, administrative approvals and special use permits) are available on the City’s online Compass KC system, and all submittals must be made through that system. 

If required to apply for a Type 1 Administrative Approval you must print and complete and submit the following forms:

1. Neighborhood Notice Type 1; and

2. Owner Consent Affidavit; and

3. Short Term Rental Mailed Notice Affidavit

If required to apply for a Type 2 Seasonal Administrative Approval you must print and complete and submit the following forms:

1. Neighborhood Notice Type 2 Seasonal One and Two Family (i.e. single-family and duplex)

OR

1. Neighborhood Notice Type 2 Seasonal Multi-family (all other types of residential buildings); and

2. Owner Consent Affidavit

3. Short Term Rental Mailed Notice Affidavit

If required to apply for a Type 2 Year Round Administrative Approval you must print and complete and submit the following forms:

1. Neighborhood Notice Type 2 Year Round One and Two Family (i.e. single-family and duplex)

OR

1. Neighborhood Notice Type 2 Year Round Multi-family (all other types of residential buildings); and

2. Owner Consent Affidavit; and

3. Adjacent Owner Consent Form and Affidavit; and

4. Short Term Rental Mailed Notice Affidavit; and

When submitting an application for registration or renewing registration you must print and complete only the following:

1. Registration Request and Renewal Form

Note: Every short term rental application MUST be accompanied by a current copy of proof of at least $300,000 in liability insurance.

Am I A Short Term Rental (STR)?

We define a short term rental as the rental of property, a dwelling unit or a portion thereof for a period of less than 30 consecutive days, unless the rental meets the definition of “lodging” or “bed and breakfast”. 

  • Are you renting out a dwelling unit for a lease period of 30 days or more? No you are NOT an STR. You are defined as “household living”, per Section 88-805-02-A of the City’s Development Code. 
  • If you rent one room of your dwelling unit to one person (or two people related by blood or marriage) for a lease period of less than 30 days, AND you as the owner, or a long-term tenant, are present in the dwelling unit during the rental period, you are NOT an STR.  You are defined as “lodging” per Section 88-305-12 of the Development Code.  
  • If you rent more than one room at a time of your dwelling unit for a lease period of less than 30 days, AND you as the owner, or a long-term tenant, are present in the dwelling unit during the rental period, you are NOT an STR.  You are defined as “bed and breakfast” per Section 88-805-04-0 of the Development Code.  Bed and breakfasts have a separate approval process, including a maximum of 8 guest rooms and approval of a special use permit in residential zoning districts.
  • Under certain circumstances, depending on availability of food service, number of rental units per building, zoning of the property, etc., a short term rental business may require approval as a hotel/motel.  This may happen if the requirements of 88-321- Short Term Rental Regulations cannot be met. Significant commercial building code requirements apply to hotel/motel uses.

Short Term Rental Ordinance Background

Short term rentals (STR) offer an alternative to longer-term leasing of residential properties.  The City Council approved Ordinance 170771 and Ordinance 170772 in early 2018 to clarify the guidelines and building code changes for short term rentals. The City spent over three years studying the best ways to balance the rights of property owners to rent out their homes, and the rights of neighbors to preserve and protect the character of their neighborhoods.

Is this the same as an AirBnB? 

Airbnb (and VRBO, Homeaway, and others like it) are individual corporations (“platforms”) that facilitate rentals of properties, generally as an alternative to traditional hotels or motels.  Rental periods can range from one night to multiple months.  The City’s STR definition and processes are limited to rentals for a period of less than 30 days.  The City anticipates approved STRs will advertise on one or more platforms, but not every property offered on those platforms meets the City’s definition of an STR.

 

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