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, the ordinance was presented to City Council for consideration on April 25, 2017. The ordinance will go before MPC on May 11, 2017.

Feedback and comments may also be submitted via email to


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

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

Summary of Issues and Approaches

Short-Term Rentals Draft Ordinance Mar. 30, 2017 [PDF]

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

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

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