Short-term home rentals saw a boost during the Super Bowl earlier this year in Minneapolis and many Minnesota cities are now exploring how to regulate the new way to rent space for travelers to stay.

Currently, the City of North Mankato knows of six residential properties that are being rented out through online marketplaces, such as Airbnb. A quick search of Airbnb shows there are over ten options to rent in Mankato.  

Community Development Director Mike Fisher says they have researched what other communities are doing.

“We set it up where it would be necessary to get a conditional use permit to operate one of these. That process would go in front of the Planning Commission and back to the Council, and would also require the property owners in that neighborhood to be notified and they can comment on that type of use in their neighborhood.”

The rentals would also be required to undergo an inspection under the draft plan.

The City Council referred the issue to the Planning Commission during its work session on Monday night