Bozeman sets fees for short-term rentals


BOZEMAN, Mont. - The city of Bozeman is laying down the law when it comes to short-term rental services like Airbnb or VRBO.

Under the new set of guidelines there are three different types of short term rentals. The first is where the owner is at the home a majority of the time. Another type is where the owner is there less than half the time, and the last classification is for owners who do not live in the home at all.

These classifications determine how short-term rentals will be allowed to operate.

Bozeman resident Deanna Campbell says the ordinance is unnecessary.

"It's overkill for a problem that really was never demonstrated. It was only feared. We have plenty of ordinances for noise, trash and nuisances that handle the things people were concerned about," Campbell said.

The city says fees are meant to cover the cost of regulating short-term rentals, but Campbell says they are too high compared to other Montana cities.

Under the new ordinance property owners must register their short-term rentals with the city. Registration and annual renewals will come at a cost of $250. A fire inspection is also required for a fee of $225. Some rentals may be subject to a conditional use permit. That fee is the highest at just over $1,500.

Property owners will have until Dec. 1 to comply with the ordinance.