Short-Term Rentals Require Permit and License Starting January 24, 2022

(Joplin, MO) – A reminder to citizens who operate short-term rentals, such as Airbnb’s and VRBOs, that a new City of Joplin ordinance taking effect January 24, 2022, will require all short-term rentals to be permitted and licensed by the City.

Permits will now be required to protect the fabric of neighborhoods with single family homes and ensure complimentary use throughout the different zoning designated areas.

All permitted short-term rentals within the City limits will be required to be at least 200 feet from another short-term rental, attain an annual business license, limit occupancy based on the bedroom total, provide adequate parking, prohibit events, and post the following information within the unit:

  • Name and contact information for the individual responsible for the day-to-day operations of the rental.
  • A copy of the Certificate of Occupancy.
  • A copy of the approved Business License.
  • Refuse and recycling collection schedule.
  • City of Joplin noise ordinance.
  • A statement that no short-term rental shall be rented or used for the sole purpose of receptions, parties, weddings, or other similar event.

In order to attain a Short-term Rental Permit, applicants will need to complete the application, apply for an annual business license, provide a legal description of the property, provide a site plan of the property, and pay all applicable fees. Staff will approve or deny an application within 30 days.

Once an application is received, notice will be mailed to all property owners within 185 feet of the subject property. Those who would like to protest the use of a short-term rental must return a Protest Petition to the Department of Planning, Development, and Neighborhood Services, within 15 days of the postmark of said notice. If more than 30% of the land area within 185 feet is in protest, the application will be automatically denied.

Within the first 30 days following January 24, all permit applications received will not be subject to the 200-foot distance requirement. Additionally, any citizen who has a valid and approved Special Use Permit for a short-term rental will not be subject to the permit fee.

For more information, please visit the Short-Term Rentals informational page on the City’s website.

Lynn Iliff Onstot, Public Information Officer
City of Joplin
417.624.0820, ext. 1204

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