2018 In The News

MARYVILLE, Mo. — After taking effect earlier this summer, the city of Maryville's new short-term rental policy, which aimed to regulate services like AirBNB and Vrbo, has not yet resulted in many applicants.

Taking effect in early July, the city's new policy allows such short-term rentals within the Campus Town Overlay district and C-2 General Business zones with an annual permit. Short-term rentals outside of those areas need a special use permit, which requires input from neighbors and approval by both the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.

Since then, the city has doled out only one permit in the Campus Town Overlay district, Assistant City Manager Ryan Heiland said in an email, and has only received two applications for special use permits that would allow a short-term rental to operate outside of those two specifically approved zones.

“Given that it is such a new ordinance, we have been working to get the application and all of the functional details finalized,” Heiland said. “Now that everything is finalized, if we are notified of a (short-term rental) operating without the necessary approvals, we will send them a letter explaining the new ordinance and the process for approval depending on their location and zoning.”

Four total locations in the Maryville area are currently listed on AirBNB, Vrbo and HomeAway — three of the leading short-term rental websites.

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