Blue Earth County adopted standards for short-term rental units (vacation homes) in 2022. The standards can be viewed in this PDF document. Short-term rental units are classified as an Interim Use and an Interim Use Permit is required for their operation. All existing Short-Term Rental units are required to obtain an Interim Use Permit by February 1, 2023 to continue operations.
Short-term rental units are allowed as an Interim Use in the following zoning districts:
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The standards only apply in areas outside cities and outside of Mankato Township and Lime Township.
Public input into issues related to short-term rental units was received from an online survey that was conducted in 2020. Further input was sought with two open houses in 2021.