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 in February, April, and November 2018, 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 will resume their conversation on potential short-term rental regulations at their June 20, 2019 work session. The Commission determined at the last work session this matter was discussed (March 21), that they were not ready to hold a public hearing on the draft regulations without additional work sessions devoted to reviewing the public comments received at the March 7 meeting.  During the June 20 work session, the Commission is anticipated to continue their review of the public feedback. The Planning and Zoning Commission work session agenda for June 20 will be available late in the day on Friday, June 14 at this link opens in a new window.
Updated Public Input Schedule (Tentative)
  • April 18, 2019 – P&Z Public Hearing and anticipated recommendation to City Council, City Council Chambers, 701 E. Broadway — Anticipated to be withdrawn from the agenda and brought back at a later date 
  • May 23, 2019 – P&Z Work Session to return to the topic, Conference Room 1A, 701 E. Broadway
Public notice of a future Planning Commission hearing on the revised STR regulations will be provided, as required by law, and the STR stakeholders group will be notified by e-mail.  To stay informed, please email planning@como.gov to be added to the short term rentals email list. 
Current Draft
Materials from March 21, 2019 Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

Staff Report to Planning and Zoning Commission
Public Correspondence following 3-7-19 PZC mtg
Case #31-2019 Minute Excerpts
Staff Report to the PZC (3-7-19)
Proposed Text Change (revised 3-1-19)

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.gov or call 573.874.7239.