Short-term rental permits available in Knoxville

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Beginning this week, folks who live in Knoxville and want to operate a short-term rental unit can apply for permits through the City of Knoxville. The City said Wednesday that permits would be given to those who meet newly adopted short-term rental ordinances.

To access the application for a short-term rental permit, visit the City of Knoxville website. The website includes a list of supporting documents required to receive a permit. Applications should be returned to the Business Tax Office, in room 450 of the City County Building located at 400 Main Street in Knoxville. Permits will be issued through the Business Tax Office as well.

Until the new ordinances were adopted, short-term rentals, which were defined as rentals for fewer than 30 consecutive nights, were not allowed under Knoxville City codes. Short-term rentals are now allowed under the following circumstances:

• Homeowners who live in residentially zoned neighborhoods can apply for a Type 1 permit, which is available only for owner-occupants of the property that will be rented (in whole or in part)
• Owners of residential property in non-residential districts—e.g., downtown and in other commercial areas that allow residential uses—can apply for up to two Type 2 permits. Applicants do not have to be the resident of the property to apply for a Type 2 permit, which can be applied for by a lessee of the property, with permission of the property owner.
• Type 3 permits are available on a one-time basis to non-occupant owners of residential property in residential neighborhoods, provided the owner can show the property was being used as a short-term rental prior to March 1, 2017. These non-owner-occupied properties are eligible for one one-year permit, with no renewals. Applications for Type 3 permits must be filed by Feb. 1, 2018. No Type 3 permits will be issued after that date.

For training and question-and-answer sessions for short-term rental hosts with City staff, visit the Small Assembly Room at the City County building at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, or at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 19.