Short Term Rentals
On August 2, 2022, the City Council passed Ordinance #22-104 which established new regulations for Short Term Rentals. Anyone who wishes to operate a Short Term Rental in the City of St. Charles after this effective date shall comply with the requirements as set forth in Ordinance #22-104. Some of the regulations for operating a Short Term Rental, including new requirements from this ordinance, include the following:
- All Short Term Rental Properties must have an approved Short Term Rental Permit and a Short Term Rental License prior to operating. Both the permit and the license are required to be renewed each year which include an annual safety inspection.
- Occupancy of a Short Term Rental is only allowed within the primary structure.
- Off-street parking is required by the Zoning Code. One parking space is required for each bedroom utilized as a Short Term Rental.
- No amplified or reproduced sound shall be used outside or audible from the property line of a Short Term Rental Property between the hours of 10:00pm and 10:00am.
- A noise monitoring device is mandatory for each Short Term Rental Property to notify the host of any noise deemed unreasonable. Inspectors will check for this device during the annual safety inspection.
- The owner or operator of a Short Term Rental shall use reasonably prudent business practices to insure that guests do not create unreasonable noise or disturbances, engage in disorderly conduct, or violate any applicable law, ordinance, rule, or regulation pertaining to the use and occupancy of the Short Term Rental Property.
For residentially zoned properties:
- Conditional Use Permit Required - Short Term Rentals are available to operate City wide upon approval of a Conditional Use Permit. Conditional Uses require Public Hearings and are ultimately voted on by City Council. Approval of a Conditional Use Permit is required prior to apply for a Short Term Rental Permit and Short Term Rental License.
- Buffer Requirement - In order to qualify, the proposed Short Term Rental Property must be at least 500 feet away from any other existing/approved Short Term Rental Property within a residential zoning district.
- Maximum Number of Short Term Rental Properties - Total Short Term Rentals within residentially zoned areas shall be limited to no more than 0.5% of the total housing units in the City as identified by the most recent decennial census (i.e. approximately 150 units).
For commercially zoned properties:
- Short Term Rentals are only available within the boundaries of the EHP Extended Historic Preservation District overlay. A Conditional Use Permit is not required for proposed Short Term Rentals within this designated area.