Comment period extended on County’s short term vacation home rental rules

The St. Louis County Planning Commission has extended the public comment period on proposed changes to the county’s zoning ordinance to allow for short term vacation home rentals.
Following a public hearing on Oct. 10, some new language was proposed regarding standards that allow short term rentals in areas zoned for residential use.
The new deadline to comment is Dec. 10.
The ordinance amendments with the proposed changes highlighted, is available online at
The proposed revisions to St. Louis County Zoning Ordinance 62 would allow for short term rental of properties through the issuance of permits.
The goal is to ensure minimal disruption to neighbors and the environment by setting requirements for septic, parking and posting of rules; while also requiring appropriate licensing to ensure a safe experience for guests.
With the continued growth in popularity of vacation rental options like Airbnb and VRBO, St. Louis County has been working to ensure these short term rentals are managed in the best possible way for the property owners, neighbors and visitors.
Public input received during development of the County’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan strongly supported this review to improve the regulation of short term rentals.
A number of county services play a role in the short term rental market, including property classification and assessment, land use, and on-site sewage treatment compliance.
Anyone wishing to provide comment on the proposed changes can email Planning Manager Jenny Bourbonais at or by mail to: Planning and Community Development Department, Northland Office Center 201 South 3rd Avenue West, Virginia, MN 55792.
The Planning Commission will consider all comments as well as public testimony at its Dec. 12, meeting.
The zoning ordinance and proposed changes apply to any areas where St. Louis County is the zoning authority.