ST. LOUIS - Today, Mayor Tishaura O. Jones signed Board Bills 33 & 34, establishing regulations on short-term rentals such as AirBnB and VRBO. With today’s signing, St. Louis joins major cities across the country who have enacted regulations to hold operators accountable to communities where they own property.
“Short-term rentals are welcome in the City of St. Louis, but the lack of regulation has created serious safety concerns within our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “I am thankful to the Board of Aldermen for finally delivering this critical legislation to my desk.”
The new regulations on short term rentals promote public safety by prohibiting parties and single-night stays while requiring permitted operators to have an agent available 24/7 to address issues in real time for both renters and adjacent neighbors. The regulations further protect neighborhoods by limiting the total number of rentals in multifamily structures and caps the total number of short term rentals an individual can operate overall.
“Thank you to every member of the community who made their voice heard in the legislative process regarding short term rentals over the past 5 years,” said Alderman Bret Narayan, 4th Ward. “As a result of the public input, I believe that we came out with really good legislation that has the support of virtually every Alderman. I am excited that today the mayor is signing regulations into law that will give SLMPD and the St. Louis City Building Division new tools to reign in problematic short term rentals.”
After acquiring the appropriate permits, short term rental operators are expected to abide by all City laws, including noise ordinances, or otherwise face a fine and possible operating permit revocation and removal from short-term rental platforms.
Implementation, including short term rental applications, will launch publicly by the end of 2024.