Short-Term Rental

A short-term rental property is a rental of all or a portion (e.g. bedroom, garage apartment) of your residential dwelling unit for periods of less than 30 nights. New regulations are tentatively scheduled to become effective in July 2021, allowing eligible residents (owners and tenants) to apply for a Short-Term Rental Property Permit. Please contact a member of the MPC staff for any questions (318-673-6480).

The growing popularity of short-term rental services, such as Airbnb and VRBO, has created both new opportunities and challenges for Shreveport and its residents. A Short-Term Rental Property, as defined, is any habitable residential dwelling unit, accessory dwelling unit or any room therein, that has been advertised as being temporarily available for rent for a term of less than thirty (30) consecutive calendar days. As such, it has become clear that the existing regulations for short-term rental properties are outdated, and currently do not reflect the nature of business in Shreveport. Therefore, the City is considering the best way to manage this emerging industry moving forward.

Definitions:
  • Short-Term Rental Property. A residential dwelling unit, accessory dwelling unit, or any room therein, available for rent for a term of less than thirty (30) consecutive calendar days, but excluding bed and breakfast and single-room occupancy.
  • Short-Term Rental Permit ‘Type A’.  A Short-Term Rental Permit ‘Type A’ is the permit required for a host to rent a portion of a dwelling unit (i.e., individual bedroom or bedrooms) or an accessory dwelling unit (i.e., garage apartment or carriage house) is rented by a host to overnight guests and no commercial meetings are held.
  • Short-Term Rental Permit ‘Type B’.  A Short-Term Rental Permit ‘Type B’ is the permit required for a host to rent an entire dwelling unit to overnight guests and/or for commercial meetings, parties, or other special events. A Short-Term Rental Permit ‘Type B’ can either be a ‘Type B-1,’ which is approved administratively by the Zoning Administrator, or a ‘Type B-2,’ which requires approval by the Zoning Board of Appeals.
  • Commercial Meetings. Commercial meetings include, but not limited to, luncheons, banquets, parties, weddings, meetings, charitable fundraising, commercial or advertising activities, or other similar gatherings for direct or indirect compensation.
Application Process:
Applications will be submitted to the Office of the MPC, online or in person. Short-term rentals applicants will be required to complete the following (including but not limited to):
  • Before Application:
    • City of Shreveport Occupational License. You can apply at the Department of Finance website.
    • Applicable Taxes.  Visit the Caddo-Shreveport Sales and Use Tax Commission. Please call 318-865-3312 for further
      information.  The City of Shreveport and Airbnb.com have an agreement in place that allows Airbnb.com to collect and report taxes to the State on behalf of the host.
    • Insurance. Proof of insurance to operate as a short-term rental property.
    • Building Codes. Properties may also be required to conform to applicable state building code requirements. If commercial events such as hosting weddings, parties, or other events which bring the public to a site are proposed, a Type Special Exception Use approval may be required – Please contact the Office of the MPC at 318.673.6480 for information.
  • During or After Application:
    • Advertising. Once approved, you must display your short-term rental property permit number in an online advertisement.
Fees and Renewal:
There will be a $150 fee due at the time of application for a Short-Term Rental Permit ‘Type A’ and $250 for a Short-Term Rental Permit ‘Type B’,  which does not include the fee of an Occupational License or Special Exception Use, if applicable. Renewals will be required annually, for a fee of $100. If you wish to discontinue the operation of your short term rental, you will not need to take any action as the license will automatically close when a renewal fee isn’t paid.
Advertising:

All advertised listings for the short-term rental must include your short-term permit number.

Important Notes for Owners/Tenants:
  • The Office of the MPC strongly recommends that you review your lease before submitting an application. Receiving a short-term rental permit does not override any lease agreements, homeowners association bylaws, Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&R’s), or any other agreement, law, or regulations that prohibit subletting or use of your residential structure as a short term rental.
  • If you have any further questions regarding short-term rentals, please contact the Office of the MPC at  318.673.6480.

THE SHORT_TERM RENATAL ORDINACE WILL GO INTO EFFECT AUGUST 2, 2021

Please click on the data below for more information.


 (in PDF format)




 (Article 23 of the Shreveport UDC)
(Checklist and Application)
(One-page guidelines)
(Frequently asked questions)
   


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