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.

Current Status

MPC recommended approval of the ordinance at its public meeting on October 12, 2017 (view agenda item). City Council will consider the ordinance on Nov. 7, 2017.
Current Draft [PDF]  |  Amendment [PDF]  |  FAQs [PDF]

History of Ordinance

The City has been collecting public feedback about the ordinance in a variety of ways. Public meetings were held on October 18, 2016 and April 4, 2017. Additionally, City staff presented to the City of Knoxville Neighborhood Advisory Council at its public meeting on August 10, 2016. Upon request, City staff also spoke to neighborhood groups about the ordinance.  A final version of the ordinance was published on April 25, 2017. The ordinance was heard by the Metropolitan Planning Commission at its regularly scheduled public meeting on Thursday, May 11, 2017 (view agenda item). 

The ordinance first appeared on City Council’s agenda on June 6, 2017; it was postponed in anticipation of a workshop. A workshop on the ordinance was held on June 29, 2017. The item was heard again on July 18, 2017, and City Council heard from various members of the public and postponed the ordinance. On August 1, 2017, City Council took up the matter to adjust the timing of the previous postponement. City Council organized two workshops on August 3 and 10, 2017. On August 29, 2017, City Council discussed the ordinance and again heard public comment; City Council then referred the ordinance back to MPC with a list of items for consideration.

Drafts and presentations can be found below. 

Feedback and comments on the ordinance may be submitted via email to


City Council Workshop Aug. 10, 2017 [PDF]

City Council Workshop Aug. 3, 2017 [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]