Short Term Rental Information

What is a Short Term Rental?

A short term rental is a dwelling unit, such as a residence or apartment, that is rented, leased, or otherwise assigned for a tenancy of less than 30 consecutive days in duration.

How Can I See If A Short Term Rental Is Registered in Louisville Metro?

Information, including locations and host names, related to approved short term rentals in Louisville Metro can be viewed on an interactive online map by clicking here. Additional application info can be viewed by clicking here.

 Short Term Rentals

Summary of Requirements

In December 2015, Metro Council passed the city's first ordinance to regulate the use of short term rentals (affecting traditional listings as well as listings offered on Airbnb, VRBO, and other online platforms). City leaders monitored implementation of this ordinance and the evolution of the new shared economy and in May 2019, amendments to the ordinance were implemented in response to the growing popularity of this tourist experience and how to best integrate it into our neighborhood fabric. To view the current ordinance and the changes that were approved by Metro Council in 2009 in their entirety, click here.  

A few things to know:

  • Louisville Metro's short term rental program is administered by the Office of Planning & Design (PDS).

  • The short term rental regulations do apply to hotel/motel rooms, extended stay lodging facilities, bed and breakfast inns, or boarding house rooms.

  • All short term rental hosts must annually register each of their rentals with Louisville Metro's Office of Planning & Design Services; register with the Louisville Metro Revenue Commission (for tax purposes); and, if necessary, obtain Conditional Use Permits from the Louisville Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment. 

  • A short term rental must be in a single-family residence or duplex unless the dwelling unit is located on property zoned EZ-1, C-R, C-N, C-1, C-2, or C-3.

  • At no time shall more persons reside in the short term rental than 2 times the number of bedrooms plus 2 individuals, except where the property is in excess of 2 acres in which case the occupancy limits shall be 2 times the number of bedrooms plus 6 individuals. For example, if a short term rental has 3 bedrooms, 8 people may reside in that short term rental. Bedrooms must be the dimensional and occupancy requirements provided in Chapter 156 of Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances.

  • All short term rental hosts are prohibited from serving food and alcohol.

  • Short term rentals regulations do not supersede lease agreements, homeowner's association bylaws, covenants, deed restrictions, or any other agreement, law or regulation that prohibits subletting or use of your dwelling as a short term rental.

  • Unless waived by the Board of Zoning Adjustment during the approval process, a short term rental requiring a conditional use permit must be located more than 600 feet from any other short term rental that has been approved by a conditional use permit. This provision does not impact host-occupied rentals and rentals with non-residential zoning that are not subject to the conditional use permit requirement.

  • At this time, the following cities that retain independent zoning authority have not adopted a zoning ordinance specifically allowing short term rentals therefore short term rentals are not permitted within their jurisdiction: Anchorage, Douglass Hills, Graymoor-Devondale, Hurstbourne, Indian Hills, Jeffersontown, Lyndon, Prospect, Shively, St. Matthews, and St. Regis Park.

  • Failure to register a short term rental is equivalent to operating without a permit and will result in enforcement action. A first offense results in a $125 fine, a second offense results in a $250 fine, a third offense results in a $500 fine, and any additional offense results in a $1,000 fine. Each day may be considered a separate offense.

  • Advertising a short term rental that is not registered is prohibited. Unlawfully advertising a short term rental without a registration can result in a notice of violation for a first offense and a $125 fine for every additional day that the short term rental remains advertised.

  • The annual registration fee is $100.


How to Register Your Short Term Rental

Short term rentals are permitted differently throughout Louisville Metro, depending on the location of the dwelling and whether or not it is the primary residence of the host. The first thing to determine before registering a short term rental is the property's zoning. To find your property's zoning, please go to the interactive online map hosted by LOJIC (click here). Search using the property address, then click on the small green "d" which will provide you with the Land Development Report that indicates the property's zoning. The zoning designation will provide you with how you need to register your short term rental. 

Residential Zoning: R-R, R-E, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, R-5, U-N, R-5A, R-5B, R-6, R-7, R-8A
 
Nonresidential/Mixed Use Zoning (Commercial, Office Residential, & Special Purpose): OR, OR-1, OR-2, OR-3, OTF, C-N, C-R, C-1, C-2, C-3, C-M, EZ-1, W-1, W-2, PVD, PTD PRD
 
Traditional Neighborhood Zoning: Old Louisville and Limerick TNZD
 
If the short term rental is YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE and the property is ZONED RESIDENTIAL:
You are allowed to operate a short term rental with an only an annual registration approved administratively by the PDS.
 
If the short term rental is YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE and the property is ZONED NONRESIDENTIAL/MIXED USE:
It is likely you are allowed to operate a short term rental with only an annual registration approved administratively by PDS, but please check with staff and review the FAQ.
 
If the short term rental is YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE and the property is ZONED TNZD:
You are allowed to operate a short term rental with an approved Conditional Use Permit and an annual registration approved administratively by PDS.
 
If the short term rental is NOT YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE and the property is ZONED RESIDENTIAL:
You are allowed to operate a short term rental with an approved Conditional Use Permit and an annual registration approved administratively by PDS.
 
If the short term rental is NOT YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE and the property is ZONED NONRESIDENTIAL/MIXED USE:
It is likely you are allowed to operate a short term rental with only an annual registration approved administratively by PDS, but please check with staff and review the FAQ.
 
If the short term rental is NOT YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE and the property is ZONED TNZD:
You are allowed to operate a short term rental with an approved Conditional Use Permit and an annual registration approved administratively by PDS.
 
If you are not in a zoning district provided above, a short term rental may be prohibited. Please contact PDS for more information.

Applications

Short Term Rental Annual Registration Application Form (In Person or Mail Submittal Option)

Helpful Links

Frequently Asked Questions
Smoke Detector Requirements (Title IX, Chapter 94.02)

Questions

For questions about planning and zoning requirements, such as the registration and conditional use permit processes, contact PDS at (502) 574-6230 or [email protected].
 
For questions about tax requirements, contact Louisville Metro’s Revenue Commission at (502) 574-4860.
 
For questions about building permit requirements, contact Louisville Metro’s Office of Construction Review at (502) 574-3321.

Complaint About an Unlawful Short Term Rental?

To file a complaint concerning an unregistered short term rental or  a registered short term rental not following the requirements, please call 311 or submit online by clicking here.