Short-Term Rentals

A short-term rental is a residential dwelling unit or room with a residential unit rented for a limited amount of time, typically on a nightly basis. Web platforms such as Airbnb and HomeAway can be used to help operate short-term rentals. Jefferson City has rules and regulations for short-term rental hosts:

Who May Rent?

1. Short-term rentals may only be operated if you are the owner of the subject property.
    • If you are a renter, and wish to operate your rental as a short-term rental, you need authorization from the landowner in writing.
    • Short-term rentals are permitted in Mixed Use (MU-1), Office Commercial (C-O), Neighborhood Commercial (C-1), General Commercial (C-2), and Central Commercial (C-3) zoning districts. If your property is in one of these districts, apply for a business license.
2. If your property is zoned anything other than MU-1, C-O, C-1, C-2, or C-3, you need to file for a special exception permit. Generally, obtaining a special exception permit is a 3 month process.
           Applications can be found at City Hall or online. Please click here.
    • Verify your zoning with a Planner by calling the City of Jefferson Planning Division at (573) 634-6313.
Building and Housing Standards

1. Short-term rentals are only permitted within an existing primary structure residence. Accessory structures, such as a garage, are not permitted to be used for sleeping or accommodation purposes.

2. Number of occupants in a short-term rental.
    • Short-term rental of a residence: No more than 5 unrelated persons or any number of persons related by blood, marriage, or adoption are permitted.
    • Short-term rental of a lodging room: No more than 4 people are permitted in a short-term rental lodging room. Multiple lodging rooms within one residence are not permitted.
3. Signage.
    • One sign, of a maximum size of one square foot, attached to the exterior of the short-term rental is permitted. This sign cannot be lighted or accompanied by any other displays.
4. Parking Requirements.
    • 2 on-site parking spots where on-street parking is permitted.
    • 3 on-site parking spots where on-street is not permitted
5. Fire Safety Requirements.
    • Fire extinguishers in each sleeping room. One in the common area.
    • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in each sleeping room. One of each in the common area.
    • Fire escape plan posted in each sleeping area. One in the common area.
    • Two exits on any level.
    • No hot plates or microwaves allowed in sleeping areas.

There are 6 main steps to becoming a short-term rental host. Please review the Short-term Rental Responsible Hosting Fact Sheet.

If you have any additional questions please contact the Planning Division at (573) 634-6410 or at