Short Term Rentals

The City of Columbia invites the public to participate in reviewing and commenting on the potential regulation of short-term rentals (STRs) in the city. A short-term rental is a dwelling unit rented out for a short period of time either informally or via an online platform/website including, but not limited to, AirBnB.com or VRBO.com. In response to public feedback obtained from public meetings, as well as public hearings held by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council (2018-2020), ongoing text changes to the Unified Development Code (UDC) have been produced.  The text changes include revisions to the definitions for “hotel” and “bed and breakfast”, creation of a definitions for “short-term rental” and “transient guest”, and creation of new use-specific standards governing the establishment and operation of a short-term rental inside the City’s corporate limits (Case # 31-2019).

UPDATE:

The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing and vote on draft short-term rental regulations at their March 5, 2020 regular meeting. The meeting video may be viewed at the following link. Following discussion, the Commission voted against a recommendation of approval of the draft remanded to the Commission by the City Council 8-1 (see Consolidated Draft dated 2-10-20 in the meeting materials linked below). This item was tabled at the March 16, 2020 City Council meeting. It is anticipated to appear on the City Council agenda for the June 1 regular meeting. 

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Materials from the March 5, 2020 Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

Materials from the February 20, 2020 Planning and Zoning Work Session

Materials for the October 10, 2019 Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

A request by the City of Columbia to amend Chapter 29, Sections 29-1.11
[Definitions], 29-3.2 [Permitted Use Table], and 29-3.3 [Use-Specific
Standards] of the City Code relating to revision of the definitions for “hotel”
and “bed and breakfast”, creation of definitions for “short-term rental”,
“short-term rental hosted”, “short-term rental un-hosted” and “transient guest”,
and creation of new use-specific standards governing the establishment and
operation of short-term rentals inside the City’s corporate limits.

Materials from the September 5, 2019 Planning and Zoning Commission Work Session

Materials from the July 18, 2019 Planning and Zoning Commission Work Session

Materials from the June 20, 2019 Planning and Zoning Commission Work Session

Materials from March 21, 2019 Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

Staff Report to Planning and Zoning Commissionopens WORD file
Public Correspondence following 3-7-19 PZC mtgopens PDF file
Case #31-2019 Minute Excerptsopens WORD file
Staff Report to the PZC (3-7-19)opens WORD file
Proposed Text Change (revised 3-1-19)opens PDF file

Materials from March 7, 2019 Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

Materials from February 7, 2019 Planning and Zoning Commission Work Session

Previous Drafts and Meeting Materials

Additional Information

For additional information, or to be added to the email stakeholder list, please contact planning@como.govcreate new email or call 573.874.7239.