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Grace period for density limitations for type 2 rentals ends Feb. 27
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Applications and forms for short-term rentals are now available on the City’s website at https://www.springfieldmo.gov/813/Applications-Checklists under the Short-Term Rentals heading. City Council approved regulations and definitions for short-term rental properties in the city of Springfield Jan. 28.
Any property owner who rents out their property in the city limits of Springfield for fewer than 30 days must have a business license and comply with other short-term rental regulations aimed at protecting the safety, character and quality of life in Springfield neighborhoods. Short-term stay rentals are grouped into three categories, listed below.
Owners of type 2 rentals (non-owner-occupied residence or an owner-occupied primary residence, legal accessory apartment or historic carriage house that is rented for more than 95 days in a calendar year when the owner is absent from the premises) must apply for a permit to operate their property as a short-term stay rental by Wednesday, Feb. 27 to avoid the risk of losing their ability to operate due to the density restrictions in the ordinance. The permit requires a neighborhood meeting and at least 55 percent of adjacent property owners to give consent.
Types of short-term rentals
General provisions for all short-term rentals
All short-term rental properties shall comply with the residential occupancy requirements in the Zoning Ordinance, which requires that a dwelling unit may not be occupied by more than three unrelated persons in a R-SF or R-TH zoning district or four unrelated persons in a Low-Density Multi-Family Residential (R-LD), Medium-Density Multi-Family Residential (R-MD) or High-Density Multi-Family Residential (R-HD) districts.
Short-term rental types 2 and 3 must obtain and continually maintain a service agent business license. Licensing fees are based on gross receipts and typically range from $25 per year ($0-$10,000 in annual gross receipts) to $105 per year ($200,000 in annual gross receipts). Businesses that collect more than $200,000 in annual gross receipts are charged an additional 25 cents per $1,000. New applicants will be asked to estimate their gross receipts for the upcoming year. The figures can be adjusted accordingly when the business renews the following year, according to Licensing Supervisor Lori Stubbeman. If an annual business license is not continually obtained, the owner/business risks losing the ability to operate due to the density restrictions in type 2 and maximum dwellings in type 3.
For more information, please contact Senior Planner Daniel Neal at 417-864-1036 or Director of Public Information and Civic Engagement Cora Scott at [email protected] or 417-380-3352.