Short-Term Rentals

Plans Review and Inspections Director

Peter Ahrens
(865) 215-3669

400 Main St., Suite 505
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Short-Term Rentals

The City of Knoxville is considering an ordinance to establish regulations for short-term rentals. These include rentals booked through online platforms such as Airbnb and Home Away, which people use to rent out part or all of their personal residences for short periods of time.

After gathering public input since a public meeting on Oct. 18, 2016, the City has created a DRAFT ORDINANCE for public review. There was a second public meeting to receive input on the draft on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 6 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 201 3rd Ave. After further revisions, a final version of the ordinance was published on April 25, 2017. The ordinance will go be heard by the Metropolitan Planning Commission at its regularly scheduled public meeting on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Then, the ordinance will go to City Council for final legislative approval. City Council will have the authority to choose when the ordinance becomes effective.

Feedback and comments may also be submitted via email to

City Council Workshops on Short-Term Rentals

City Council held two workshops on the City’s proposed ordinance to regulate short-term rentals. The ordinance was on the agenda of the July 18, 2017 City Council meeting, but Council voted to postpone the matter 90 days to take in additional public comment.  

Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017
5:30 pm
Small Assembly Room, City County Building, 400 Main Street
View Notes from Meeting [PDF] 

Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017
5:30 pm
Public Works Complex, 3131 Morris Avenue
View Notes from Meeting [PDF]


Short-Term Rental Ordinance Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]

Short-Term Rental Ordinance Final Apr. 25, 2017 [PDF]

Short-Term Rental Ordinance Marked with Changes Apr. 25, 2017 [PDF]

City Releases Draft Ordinance on Short-Term Rentals Mar. 30, 2017

Summary of Issues and Approaches

Public Meeting on Short-Term Rentals Regulation Oct. 18, 2016

Neighborhood Advisory Council Presentation Aug. 10, 2016 [PDF]