When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it is important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to give you some useful links that may help you better understand the laws and regulations in Minneapolis. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. If you have questions, contact the Department of Community Planning and Economic Development or other city agencies directly, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
- Zoning Code. Title 20 of the Code of Ordinances, the Zoning Code, governs most land use in Minneapolis. You should consult this to see if your listing is consistent with current zoning requirements or use definitions. Important terms include: bed and breakfast home; dwelling; dwelling unit; hotel; motel; and rooming unit. Chapter 536 contains specific development standards for bed and breakfast homes and hotels.
- Business License. Minneapolis requires owners or operators of certain businesses to apply for and obtain a license. These include bed and breakfasts and boarding houses. As part of the licensing process, the city will review the application to make sure the proposed business is consistent with current zoning requirements and health and safety standards. For more information, please review Title 13 of the Code of Ordinances or visit the city's website that explains the licensing process.
- Rental License. Hosts may be required to also apply for and receive a license to operate a rental property, which could require an inspection of the rental unit to ensure the space meets housing code requirements. If you are converting your unit into a rental property, additional conversion fees may also apply. Please review Chapter 244 of the Code of Ordinances in detail, visit the city’s website on residential rental licenses, or contact the city’s Housing Inspections Services directly.
- Building and Housing Standards. Minneapolis enforces rules and regulations specifying minimum construction, design, and maintenance standards for buildings, including regulations on habitability, health, and safety. Certain rules applicable to residential and non-residential uses may be relevant to your listing. Please review Title 5 (the Building Code) and Title 12 (the Housing Code) or contact the Community Planning & Economic Development or the Housing Inspections Services departments directly.
- Sales Tax. The State of Minnesota assesses a sales tax short-term lodging. “Short-term lodging” is defined as a guest stay of less than 30 days. More information is available on the state’s fact sheet.
- Other Rules. It's also important to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, such as leases, condo board or co-op rules, HOA rules, or rules established by tenant organizations. Please read your lease agreement and check with your landlord if applicable.
We are committed to working with local officials to help them understand how Airbnb benefits our community. Where needed, we will continue to advocate for changes that will allow regular people to rent out their own homes.
Last updated: January 26, 2015