St. Louis County regulates short term (vacation home) rentals. A short term rental dwelling unit is defined as any home, cabin, condominium or similar building represented to the public as a place where sleeping accommodations are furnished to the public on a nightly or weekly and for less than thirty (30) days basis for compensation.
If you are planning on, or are currently renting your property as a short term rental where St. Louis County administers zoning, a permit is required.
Applications & Standards
Performance Standard Permit Application
Conditional Use Permit Application
Short Term Rental Fact Sheet
Short Term Rental Emergency Contact Worksheet
Septicsmart-Protect Your Pipes
Who Is Impacted by County Ordinance?
Effective Feb 25, 2020, St. Louis County board adopted amendments to Zoning Ordinance 62 regulating short term rentals.
Who IS Impacted: Short Term Rentals in Organized and Unorganized Townships where St. Louis County administers the zoning ordinance regulations.
Who IS NOT Impacted: The following cities and townships administer their own zoning ordinance and are not impacted by the County's short term rental ordinance.
Cities: Aurora, Babbitt, Biwabik, Brookston, Buhl, Chisholm, Cook, Duluth, Ely, Eveleth, Floodwood, Gilbert, Hermantown, Hibbing, Hoyt Lakes, Iron Junction, Kinney, Leonidas, McKinley, Meadowlands, Mountain Iron, Orr, Proctor, Rice Lake, Tower, Virginia, Winton.
Townships: Duluth, Gnesen, Midway, Lakewood.
Who’s Impacted Notes: Residents of these jurisdictions should contact them for further information on short-term rental requirements.
County Zoning Administration Areas Map