Short Term Rental Information

On August 1, 2016 the regulations for short term rentals approved by Metro Council went into effect. Please use the Frequently Asked Questions, Metro Council Ordinances or other links below as a guide and a starting point to have your questions answered if you are interested in using a home as a short term rental. 
 
A few things to know:
  • All short term rental hosts must submit an annual registration form, register with the Revenue Commission, post an evacuation plan and meet smoke detector requirements. In some cases, a Conditional Use Permit is required. All short term rentals are prohibited from serving or providing food and alcohol and from posting outdoor signage.
  • A short term rental is a dwelling unit that is rented, leased or otherwise assigned for a tenancy of less than 30 consecutive days. The term short term rental does not apply to hotel or motel rooms, extended stay lodging facilities, bed and breakfast inn or boarding and lodging hotel rooms therefore these exact regulations do not apply to those facilities. 
  • The dwelling unit shall be a single-family residence or duplex unless the dwelling unit is located on property zoned C-R, C-N, C-1, C-2 or C-3 and the property meets the following criteria: 1) within 200 feet of a TARC route, 2) within .75 miles of a public park, 3) within one mile of a National Register District or local Preservation District. 
  • At no time shall more persons reside in the short term rental than two times the number of bedrooms plus four individuals. For example if a short term rental has 3 bedrooms, then 10 people may reside in that short term rental.
  • 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. 
  • As of August 1, 2016, short term rentals may be permitted in areas of Jefferson County in which Metro Council has zoning authority. At this time, the following cities that retain independent zoning authority have not adopted a zoning ordinance specifically allowing short term rentals: Anchorage, Douglass Hills, Graymoor-Devondale, Hurstbourne, Indian Hills, Jeffersontown, Lyndon, Middletown, 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

Based on where you live and if you live in the home you are using as a short term rental, your application process could vary from someone else. Those scenarios are spelled out below.

If you are allowed to have a short term rental by right, you still need to take note of and follow the Metro Council short term rental ordinance. Highlights from the ordinance are in the bullet points above. 

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
Mixed use (Commerical, Office Residential, & Special Purpose) zoning: OR, OR-1, OR-2, OR-3, OTF, C-N, C-R, C-1, C-2, C-3, C-M, W-1, W-2, PVD, PTD PRD
TNZD: TNZD zoned properties are located in Old Louisville and Limerick.

 

If the short term rental is YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE and your property is zoned RESIDENTIAL…
You are allowed to operate a short term rental by right.
 
If the short term rental is YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE and your property is zoned MIXED USE…
You are allowed to operate a short term rental by right.
 
If the short term rental is YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE and your property is zoned TNZD…
You are allowed to operate a short term rental with an approved Conditional Use Permit.
 
If the short term rental is NOT YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE and your property is zoned RESIDENTIAL…
You are allowed to operate a short term rental with an approved Conditional Use Permit.
 
If the short term rental is NOT YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE and your property is zoned MIXED USE…
You are allowed to operate a short term rental by right.
 
If the short term rental is NOT YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE and your property is zoned TNZD…
You are allowed to operate a short term rental with an approved Conditional Use Permit. 
 
Applications
Short Term Rental Annual Registration Application Form (In Person or Mail Submittal Option)
 
Helpful Links
Smoke Detector Requirements (Title IX, Chapter 94.02)

For questions about planning and zoning requirements, such as the registration and conditional use permit processes, contact Louisville Metro’s Office of Planning & Design Services at (502) 574-6230.
 
For questions about tax requirements, contact Louisville Metro’s Revenue Commission at (502) 574-4860.
 
For questions about building permit requirements, such as those pertaining to building and life safety codes, contact Louisville Metro’s Office of Construction Review at (502) 574-3321.