Short-term rental ordinance finalized in Stillwater

The Stillwater City Council unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance regulating short-term rental homes May 2. Such rentals have become increasingly popular in recent years, thanks to websites such as Airbnb and VRBO, but they had been illegal under Stillwater city code.

The new ordinance defines several types of short-term rental properties, and requires city licenses for each. It also limits the number of licenses that can be issued for each type.

The city council approved the first reading of the ordinance April 18. Prior to the second reading on May 2, staff made several changes to the new ordinance at the city council’s request. Changes included setting the license fee at $300 and establishing fines ranging from $250 to $750 for substantiated complaints or code violations.