The Planning Commission didn’t favor the most drastic option — prohibiting non-owner-occupied short-term rentals in residential areas — but the commission did recommend that Louisville Metro Council approve several other changes to its short-term rental ordinance, commonly referred to as the Airbnb ordinance.
The suggested changes include:
- Increase the annual registration fee for short-term rentals to $100 from $25.
- Require hosts to post a copy of their city-issued registration near the entrance of the property so that it is visible from the exterior.
- Require the host to provide their name, telephone number and emergency contact information to adjacent property owners.
- Have a licensed fire prevention inspector or a home inspector inspect non-owner-occupied short-term rentals to determine any safety issues.
- Require non-owner-occupied short-term rental hosts to register their rental within 60 days of receiving a conditional use permit, or the permit will be null and void.
- Permit the city planning director to deny short-term rental registration to any host who has had his or her registration revoked within one year of application for the new registration.