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Robin Davis
Director of Media Relations

Melanie Crabill
Communications Manager

Media advisory
News Date: March 01, 2019

City Rolls Out Short Term Rental Licensing Program

Beginning today, people interested in using their residences as a short-term rental on a hosting platform will be required to first obtain a short-term rental permit from the City of Columbus Licensing Section.

“Short-term rentals offer an important service for visitors to Columbus. The licensing allows us to make sure the needs of neighborhoods, hosts and guests are able to be addressed,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther.

In order to get a valid permit, applicants must apply in person at the Department of Public Safety License Section at 4252 Grove Road. They must submit a signed and notarized Short-Term Rental Application and pay the related fees. The Application fee is $20. The permit cost for a person’s primary residence is $75 per calendar year. The permit cost for any non-primary residence is $150 each per calendar year.

The Short-Term Rental Application requires proof of identity, general liability insurance, a copy of the lease agreement for short-term rental, and confirmation that the host and short-term rental are in compliance with all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations.

Renters are encouraged to obtain licenses immediately, but fines will not be implemented for a one-month grace period.

For more information, including documents for the Short-Term Rental Application, Background, please visit or .