How to apply to be a Short Term Rental Property In the City of De Pere

The short term rental of property is possible in the City of De Pere, per certain City of De Pere and Wisconsin Act 59 regulations. It looks easy when you go online and can quickly list your bedroom, loft, apartment, house, condo, etc., for rent on a multitude of private sites. However, you must also file a ‘Short Term Rental of Property’ application form with the City of De Pere.

This instruction summary will help you define if your property qualifies as a short term rental property. This summary will also remind you of some of the steps and rules that must be adhered to in order to remain a short term rental property in good standing with the City of De Pere.

Is this application for all land in the De Pere zip code (54115)?

No. This application applies only to properties within the De Pere City Limits. The De Pere zip code extends into many of our adjacent communities. When looking up your property parcel number, see if it begins with the letters “ED-…” or “WD-…” to ensure that your property is in the City of De Pere.

What properties can qualify?

City of De Pere properties that are zoned one of the four ‘residential’ categories can be a short term rental property. Residential dwellings in other zoning districts may also be eligible to be used as a short term rental property. If you are not sure what your zoning category is, go to the following City of De Pere mapping website and turn on the ”zoning” layer. If your property is a shade of yellow or orange you may qualify. To double-check, zoom in to your property and click the identify key for “zoning.”

https://gis.de-pere.org/PublicDIME/GeoPRIME.html

Short term rentals are allowed in the following residential zoning districts:

  • R-1, provided your same short term renter stays for at least 7-28 consecutive days
  • R-2, provided your same short term renter stays for at least 7-28 consecutive days
  • R-3, for short term rentals of 0-28 consecutive days
  • R-4, for short term rentals of 0-28 consecutive days

Short term rentals are only allowed in the R-1 and R-2 districts if your rental is to the same short term renter for 7-28 consecutive days. There is no option for shorter stays in the R-1 and R-2 districts. Also, a short term renter cannot stay for more than 28 consecutive days in any zoning district.

Does my short term renter need to pay a room tax?

Yes! In Brown County you are responsible for collecting the 10% Room Tax from your short term renter and you are responsible for forwarding the 10% Room Tax to the Corporate Trust Coordinator at the address identified on Section 4 of the application form. The 10% Room Tax cannot be paid at the City Hall offices. Please note that most short term rental websites do not collect the 10% Room Tax for you as part of the online booking process.

Do I need to register with the City Health Department?

Yes! The short term rental application form will serve as your application to the City Health Department.  Two fees, totaling $250 will be required with the application. Approval of the Health License Application will include a review of your property so allow up to 30 days for this to happen before booking your first short term renter.

The following is a summary of the two fees: The Health License has a ONE-TIME $135 fee for a ‘Level 1’ pre-inspection that is due to the City Health Department when the application is submitted. The Health License Application also includes a ‘Tourist Rooming House’ lodging section that has a $115 ANNUAL fee, which is due to the City Health Department when the application is submitted AND every following calendar year by June 30.

Do I need a property inspection before booking a short term rental?

Yes! The initial pre-inspection, referenced above, is performed by the Health Department. The City strongly recommends that you review your property for the following safety features prior to the inspection:

  • Working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Working fire extinguishers
  • Two safe forms of emergency building exits
  • Properly ventilated furnaces, water heaters, fire places, and stoves
  • Proper exterior exhaustion vents for bathrooms and showers
  • Good working electrical, heating and air conditioning systems

Are there a maximum number of days that I can book my short term rental?

A short term rental means renting to the same short term renter for up to 28 consecutive days. There is no limit to the number of times a space can be rented, just a maximum duration. Keep in mind that, if your property is zoned R-1 or R-2 your space must be rented to each short term renter for a MINIMUM of 7 consecutive days.

Are there other things I need to check before applying?

Be sure to check that your property restrictive covenants, Home Owner’s Association (HOA), landowner, landlord, etc., allow short term rentals. Some do not allow this type of use and you are responsible for confirming if it is allowed before applying with the City of De Pere as the City does not verify that for you. You are responsible for your property so be sure to double-check.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection website has a 4-page summary guide of Wisconsin laws for short term rentals. Below is a link to the document:

https://datcp.wi.gov/Documents/ShortTermRentalGuidance.pdf

If you feel you have addressed all of the above, you may qualify to have a short term rental property in the City of De Pere!

Short Term Rental Application