Joplin will require a permit and license for short-term rentals

Joplin Now Requires Permit And License For Short Term Rentals
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JOPLIN, Mo. – Starting January 24th, Joplin is tightening the requirements for short-term rentals.

A new city ordinance requires all short-term rentals to have a permit and license from the city. As a result, people who operate rentals such as Airbnb’s and VRBO’s will need to adapt to the new rules set forth by the city.

Short-term rental permit

Community members interested in applying for a short-term rental permit must:

  • Apply for an annual business license.
  • Provide a legal description of the property.
  • Provide a site plan for the property.
  • Pay all applicable fees.

City staff will approve or deny an application within 30 days.

When the City of Joplin receives an application, they will notify all property owners within 185 feet of the subject property. If anyone objects, they must return a protest petition to the Department of Planning. If more than 30% of the land area within 185 feet is in protest, the application will be automatically denied.

Upcoming rental changes

Short-term rental businesses must conform to the following changes:

  • 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.
  • Provide the following information within the unit:
    • A copy of the Certificate of Occupancy.
    • A copy of the approved Business License.
    • Reuse 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, or weddings.

Joplin will not subject permit applications to the 200-foot distance requirement if the application is received within the first 30 days of the change.

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