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City Launches Licensing Program for Short-Term Rentals

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A new licensing system for short-term rentals has gone into effect, as of Friday, March 1. 

Anyone interested in renting their homes on sites like Airbnb will first need to apply for a license in person at the Department of Public Safety and pay a fee that varies based on residence type. The application fee is $20, the permit cost for a person’s primary residence is $75 per year, and the permit cost for any non-primary residence is $150 per year.

“Short term rentals offer an important service for visitors to Columbus,” said Mayor Andrew Ginther in a press release. “The licensing allows us to make sure the needs of neighborhoods, hosts and guests are able to be addressed.”

Columbus City Council approved regulations on short-term rentals last July, looking to establish a system for hosts to register with the city as well as devote any tax revenue generated from those rentals to support affordable housing and homeownership. 

Those looking to apply with the Department of Public Safety will need proof of identity, general liability insurance, a copy of the lease agreement for the short-term rental, and confirmation that the host and the rental are in compliance with applicable local, state and federal regulations. 

While renters are encouraged to apply for a license immediately, the city is allowing a one-month grace period before fines are implemented.

Find the short-term rental application and more information at columbus.gov/public-safety/License-Section

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