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WATCH: Detroit Lakes eyeing permit requirement for Airbnbs

Those new rules would mean they'd be held to many of the standards hotels are.

It would require a permit to host an Airbnb and come with other regulations, including safety.

Right now, almost anyone can host without a permit.

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The changes would shorten the gap in requirements between short-term rentals and traditional hotels.

It would also force Airbnbs to pay lodging taxes, which go back to the city.

Right now, Airbnbs are not permitted inside the city despite several being listed on the app.

The author of the ordinance, which includes the amendment, is Larry Remmen, the community development director for Detroit Lakes.

He says the ordinance could look very different by the time it is approved.

It's important to note the amendment is still in the preliminary stages and must be approved by the planning commission before it moves to the city council.

The planning commission will meet to discuss the amendment on Jan. 24.

It needs to be read by the city council twice before it could be approved.

The earliest the change could take effect is late March of next year.


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If you love outdoors or travel with an RV, here are the campgrounds in Detroit Lakes: Maplewood Campground, Country Campground, Detroit Lakes American Legion Campground, Vagabond Village Campground, Buffalo River Campground, Lindenwood Park Campground, Red River Valley Fair Campground, Bagley City Park Campground, Akeley City Park Campground, Trails RV Park Campground.

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This beautiful home on Lake Sallie is the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway! This home's convenient location is walking distance from Detroit Country Club Golf Course, Tennis Courts & Park, and the Historic Hotel Shoreham Restaurant. Located less than a mile from We-Fest and Dunton Locks and only 4 miles from great shopping in downtown Detroit Lakes!

Enjoy the gorgeous lake views from the screened in patio or on the pontoon! Relax on the sandy beach and enjoy the firepit in the evenings!

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'Leveling the playing field'... DL Planning Commission holds public hearing on short term rental ordinance

Short-term or vacation rentals as an alternative to staying in a hotel or resort have been an option for travelers since at least the 1990s - but the practice has seen a huge uptick in popularity in recent years, with a plethora of online services like AirBNB popping up all over the Internet.

The reasons why many home and condo owners have chosen to list their property as a short-term vacation rental are fairly obvious: A story published in the Fargo Forum in March indicated that AirBNB's 2017 earnings in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota alone topped $29 million.

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But the practice is not without controversy, as a public hearing held this past Thursday night during a meeting of the Detroit Lakes Planning Commission clearly demonstrated.

Called to receive public input on a proposed amendment to the city's zoning ordinance that would allow short term rentals as a conditional use in residential districts, the hearing did indeed draw comments from about a half dozen area hotel and resort owners.

Yet while AirBNB and similar online vacation rental sites have undoubtedly provided some stiff competition for hoteliers of late, the comments were not focused on opposition to the ordinance change: As Detroit Lakes Regional Tourism Bureau Chairman Eric Wilkens put it, regulating the practice as part of the city's zoning ordinance "levels the playing field," by subjecting property owners to the same regulations regarding state and local licensure, safety inspections and insurance requirements, as well as requiring them to assess lodging tax and other required sales taxes to their guests.

Wilkins also pointed out that part of the lodging tax levied by the city is used to promote Detroit Lakes as a tourism destination - which means that some AirBNB renters get the benefit of that promotion without actually having to pay anything towards it by assessing the tax.

"I think it's something we have to embrace - it's not going away," said Scott Mehlhaff, who along with his wife, Chris Holland Mehlhaff, operates the Best Western Premier Lodge on Lake Detroit in Detroit Lakes.

But he also pointed out that not having regulations in place to require short term rental owners to assess taxes on their rentals is costing the city thousands of dollars in possible revenue, as well as funding for its promotional efforts.

Craig Wolf of Lakecrest Resort in rural Detroit Lakes also pointed out that short term rental owners like AirBNB aren't currently subjected to the same costs - or safety requirements - as hotel and resort owners are.

"I'm for AirBNBs," he said - he would just like to see the city "get in front of it and regulate it, before it becomes an issue... I think you need to regulate them (short term rentals) just like we are."

Fair Hills Resort owner Beth Schupp, who is currently on the board of the Minnesota Resort and Campground Association, made a similar comment, adding that she herself had used AirBNB for a recent stay in Arizona - but these rentals should be inspected and regulated "just like our businesses are."

Schupp also noted that many other cities and counties across Minnesota, and neighboring states, are considering similar actions, and urged the commission members to "look to our neighbors" to find answers on how to fine-tune their local ordinance to address the issue.

Schupp also expressed concern for the neighbors of people who choose to market their property as a short-term rental, adding that they should "have a say" in the proposed ordinance.

Community Development Director Larry Remmen noted that the proposed ordinance change, as it is currently written, would require short term rental owners to obtain a conditional use permit - which would, in turn, necessitate a public hearing, of which all neighbors within the immediate radius of the property would be notified.

Planning Commission member Bruce Imholte also asked Remmen whether the ordinance could be tweaked to allow all short term rental properties to be treated the same, whether they are located within an area that is zoned as residential, or commercial.

(Currently, properties located within a commercially zoned area - such as the condominiums on the top floor of the Fairfield Inn - are already permitted to be used as short-term rentals under the city's zoning ordinance, while those located in residential districts are not, as Remmen had pointed out earlier in the meeting.)

"It would be difficult, but I think we could manage to do that," Remmen responded.

Commission member Nancy Haggert said that, while she was "in favor of being proactive," with regard to establishing a uniform short term rental policy within city limits, she also thinks the commission needs to "make sure to not rush into it," and take their time in crafting the ordinance that they want.

Ultimately, that's what the commission opted to do, tabling action on the first reading of the proposed ordinance until their next meeting, which will take place on Jan. 24 (there is no planning commission meeting scheduled in December).

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Accommodations for your vacation in Detroit Lakes

In Detroit Lakes, hotel rooms are the most common accommodation option. In addition, the average nightly cost of hotel rooms in Detroit Lakes is $204, and the average size is 310 ft². Furthermore, the majority of hotel rooms in this destination can host 5 people, which makes it a great vacation destination for medium-sized groups and families. If you would prefer to compare another accommodation type, you may want to have a look at house rentals, which are the second most common accommodation option in Detroit Lakes. House rentals in Detroit Lakes are 1,900 ft² on average, with prices averaging $464 per night.

Relax in northern Minnesota lake land at a Detroit Lakes vacation home

Escape to a wooded wonderland dotted by hundreds of lakes. A comfortable Detroit Lakes cabin rental is the perfect base for exploring the area's natural beauty and annual events.

Where are the unique attractions in Detroit Lakes?

Lakeshore life

The Otter Tail River Water Trail offers 157 miles of scenery, snaking through lakes and marshes and showcasing northern Minnesota landscapes. Set out on a canoe or kayak and go exploring!

Washington Park, in the heart of town, is a gathering place set on the shores of Little Detroit Lake. Enjoy a dip in the clean water at the public beach, and have a picnic on the grass.

What are the best events and festivals in Detroit Lakes?

Birds and beats

Bird enthusiasts rejoice at the annual springtime Festival of Birds. Experts speak on related news and issues, and nearby birdwatching sites are revealed.

As America's largest country music festival, WE Fest has been pleasing fans with its big-name lineup since 1983. Dance and sing along with hundreds of thousands of revellers every August.

How much does it cost to rent a vacation rental in Detroit Lakes?

The price for Hotel rooms and House rentals in Detroit Lakes is $34 per night.

How many vacation rentals are available to book in Detroit Lakes?

There are currently 188 vacation homes in Detroit Lakes to browse and book for your next trip.

What amenities are most popular for vacation homes in Detroit Lakes?

Most travelers search for internet, pools, and TVs when booking a vacation rental in Detroit Lakes.

How many vacation rentals are in Detroit Lakes?

Detroit Lakes has 188 Hotel rooms and House rentals on offer to rent.

Are pets allowed in vacation rentals in Detroit Lakes?

Finding a cabin rental in Detroit Lakes that allows dogs is definitely possible, with 64 pet-friendly homes on offfer.

What's the best time of year to travel to Detroit Lakes?

Detroit Lakes has its warmest time of year around July and August, with average nightly prices being around $34.

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