Short Term Rentals


View Nelsonville DRAFT code (posted February 4, 2021)

Nelsonville Short Term Rental Bill Summary (February 16, 2021)


  • Must apply for STR permit and have unit pass inspection to become STR

  • STR may only exist in approved residential units - including 1 family, 2 family, 3 family and accessory apts. No vehicles, sheds, trailers, rec rooms, campers, garages, tents or other temporary structures.

  • # of initial units – 5% of residential housing stock (= 12 out of 234 taxable residential properties)

  • # of days owners must reside in Nelsonville per year – 185 days

  • # of days unit may be rented out – 100 days total per year

  • Must provide at least 1 off-street parking space

  • Guests must follow all Village codes, including noise, and other quality of life ordinances

  • Must provide emergency contact info of owner or designee, who must be within 30-minute drive in case issues arise.

  • Maximum occupancy will follow County DOH and applicable fire and building codes for the # of bedrooms. Additionally, no more than 2 adults per bedroom.

  • No parties or events will be permitted.



  • Application must include:

    • Proof of General Liability Insurance of not less than $500,000 per occurrence, identity of title owners of the property, proof that owners occupy the property as their primary residence, emergency contact information of owners and designees, the total number of rooms proposed for short-term rental use


  • Inspections Required:

    • At time of application for registration and annually on renewal

    • Must be in compliance with Village Code and State Fire, Building and Electrical Codes



  • 1st violation = $250 fine

  • 2nd violation = $500 fine

  • 3rd violation = $750 fine and forfeiture of permit for 3 years

  • Every 10 days the violation continues after an order to remedy shall be an additional offense for which additional fines may be assessed.



  • Registration of STR Unit - $250

  • Annual Renewal of Registration of STR Unit - $150

  • First Re-inspection is free

  • Second or more Re-inspection - $50 each


Nelsonville Short Term Rental Survey

Please complete online by November 11th; hard copies are available from Village Clerk.  Download the survey results >


Legislation from Nearby Municipalities:

Further Reading:

Public Hearings

February 16, 2021 [link to video]

June 21, 2021 Minutes of Public Discussion