Short Term Rental Information

What is a Short Term Rental (STR)?

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.


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About Short Term Rentals

Overview of Short Term Rental Rules

Where is it legal to host?

How do I register my Short Term Rental?

Fines for not registering a Short Term Rental

How can I see if a Short Term Rental is registered with Louisville Metro?

How do I report an illegal Short Term Rental?

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Contact Information

About Short Term Rentals (STR)

In December 2015, Metro Council passed an ordinance to regulate the use of short term rentals (affecting listings offered on Airbnb, VRBO, and other 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 see the new ordinance and the changes that were approved by Metro Council in their entirety, click here.

A few things to know:
  • All short term rental hosts must annually register each of their rentals with Louisville Metro's Office of Planning & Design Services. The annual registration fee is $100.
  • All hosts must also register with the Louisville Metro Revenue Commission to pay the Bed Tax and Occupational Tax
  • 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.
  • 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.

Overview of Short Term Rental Rules

This is a shortened version of the Short Term Rental (STR) rules for Louisville, please reference this link for more detailed information: Short Term Rental Ordinance 

If the STR rental is YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE and your property is zoned RESIDENTIAL:

You are allowed to operate a STR with only an annual registration approved administratively

If the STR rental is YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE and your property is zoned NONRESIDENTIAL/MIXED USE:

It is likely you are allowed to operate a STR with only an annual registration approved administratively

If the STR is YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE and your property is in the Old Louisville or Limerick Neighborhood:

You are allowed to operate a STR with an approved Conditional Use Permit AND an annual registration approved administratively

If the STR is NOT YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE and your property is zoned RESIDENTIAL:

You are allowed to operate a STR with an approved Conditional Use Permit AND an annual registration approved administratively

If the STR is NOT YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE and your property is zoned NONRESIDENTIAL/MIXED USE:

It is likely you may operate a STR with only an annual registration approved administratively

If you are not in a zoning district provided above, a STR may be prohibited:

Please contact the Office of Planning & Design Services for more information.

Where is it legal to host?

Eligibility Tool

Use this map to determine if a property is eligible to receive a permit and, if allowed, what process you need to follow to make it legal

How do I register my Short Term Rental?

To figure out if a property is eligible and what process you need to follow, use the eligibility tool above.

If you only need a Short Term Rental registration
  • Register with Revenue Commission to get a Tax Reporting Number number
    • Only need to do this once if you are operating multiple rentals
  • Complete Short Term Rental registration for each property you need a registration for
  • Pay $100 to Louisville Metro Government
    • This is an annual fee needed to maintain a legal permit
If you need a Short Term Rental Conditional Use Permit
  • Start and complete the Conditional Use Permit process
    • Typically takes 4 to 6 months to complete
  • Register with Revenue Commission to get a Tax Reporting Number number
    • Only need to do this once if you are operating multiple rentals
  • Complete Short Term Rental registration for each property you need a permit for
  • Pay $100 to Louisville Metro Government
    • This is an annual fee needed to maintain a legal permit
Application Forms

Fines for not registering a Short Term Rental

Failure to register a short term rental is equivalent to operating without a permit and will result in enforcement action:
  • First offense results in a $125 fine
  • Second offense results in a $250 fine,
  • Third offense results in a $500 fine
  • 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.

 

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

Use this map to see Short Term Rentals with valid permits and contact information for hosts

Additional information can be found here:
 

How to report an illegal Short Term Rental

If you believe someone is using a property as a Short Term Rental, but it does not show up on the registry or they are using it improperly (need a Conditional Use Permit, but do not have one), please Report an Issue

How to Report an Issue Online
  • Click "Click Here to Report an Issue" below
  • Select “Zoning and Business Concerns”
  • Select “Zoning Concern”
  • Select “Short Term Rental” from “Zoning Concern” drop-down menu
  • Complete form and submit

Click Here to Report an Issue

How to Report an Issue via Telephone
  • Call 311 with address information ready
Frequently Asked Questions
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Contact Information

For questions about planning and zoning requirements, such as the registration and conditional use permit processes, contact PDS at (502) 574-6230 or email shortterm rental at louisvilleky dot gov.
 
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.