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The City of Knoxville has passed an ordinance regulating short term rentals. These include listings booked through online platforms, such as Airbnb and Home Away, by which people rent out part or all of their property for short periods of time.


CURRENT STATUS

Ordinance No. 245-2017 [PDF]  |  Ordinance No. 284-2017 [PDF]

The City will begin accepting applications for short term rental unit permits on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. The application will be available online on that day. Applications will be accepted and issued through the Business Tax Office. You can download the application form here:

STRU Application Form [PDF]

The City will be hosting training and question and answer sessions for hosts on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 549 and Friday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. in the Small Assembly Room.

STRU Training for Hosts [PDF]

Comments or questions about the ordinance can be sent to strs@knoxvilletn.gov.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about short term rentals, click here:

STRU FAQs [PDF]


HISTORY OF ORDINANCE

The City has been collecting public feedback about the ordinance in a variety of ways. Public meetings were held on October 18, 2016 and April 4, 2017. Additionally, City staff presented to the City of Knoxville Neighborhood Advisory Council at its public meeting on August 10, 2016. Upon request, City staff also spoke to neighborhood groups about the ordinance.  A final version of the ordinance was published on April 25, 2017. The ordinance was heard by the Metropolitan Planning Commission at its regularly scheduled public meeting on Thursday, May 11, 2017 (view agenda item). 

The ordinance first appeared on City Council’s agenda on June 6, 2017; it was postponed in anticipation of a workshop. A workshop on the ordinance was held on June 29, 2017. The item was heard again on July 18, 2017, and City Council heard from various members of the public and postponed the ordinance. On August 1, 2017, City Council took up the matter to adjust the timing of the previous postponement. City Council organized two workshops on August 3 and 10, 2017. On August 29, 2017, City Council discussed the ordinance and again heard public comment; City Council then referred the ordinance back to MPC with a list of items for consideration.

MPC recommended approval of the ordinance at its public meeting on October 12, 2017 (view agenda item).

Drafts and presentations can be found below. 


MORE INFO

Ordinance No. 284-2017 Amended Dec. 5, 2017 [PDF]

Ordinance No. 245-2017 Amended Nov. 21, 2017 [PDF]

MPC Amendment Oct. 12, 2017 [PDF] 

City Council Workshop Aug. 10, 2017 [PDF]

City Council Workshop Aug. 3, 2017 [PDF]

Short Term Rental Ordinance Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]

Short Term Rental Ordinance Final Apr. 25, 2017 [PDF]

Short Term Rental Ordinance Marked with Changes Apr. 25, 2017 [PDF]

City Releases Draft Ordinance on Short Term Rentals Mar. 30, 2017

Summary of Issues and Approaches

Public Meeting on Short Term Rentals Regulation Oct. 18, 2016

Neighborhood Advisory Council Presentation Aug. 10, 2016 [PDF]