Lafayette City Council Bans Short-term Rentals in Most Neighborhoods

On October 3, the City Council voted 4-1 to require every AirBnB, VRBO and short-term rental owner to buy a permit and follow other restrictions –  some of the strictest in the state. In addition, the council completely banned short-term renting in RS-1 (residential) neighborhoods. There is no grandfathering or exceptions for people who rent out their own homes or apartments on the property where they live.

MEDIA LINK: Short-term rentals to be prohibited in Lafayette residential neighborhoods

What the ordinance says:
– All short-term rentals must get a permit to operate starting April 2024. There are 12 requirements, including proof of ownership, notification of neighbors, and a $100 fee. Permits must be renewed every year.
– Maximum of 4 rooms and 2 people/room. No parties.
– Owner/operator must be available 24/7 and respond within 1hr or 30 minutes between 11pm and 7am.
– Single rooms may be rented, but only 1 at a time.
– Complete ban of all short-term renting in RS-1 residential neighborhoods beginning in October 2024.

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Fast Facts about Lafayette Short-term Rentals


Short-term rentals have existed in Lafayette since 2012 with minimal issues. The number of complaints received by the city and police each year is in single digits.


STR guests say 42 percent of their spending occurs in the neighborhoods where they stay, keeping the impacts local and expanding tourism benefits.


Restaurants and cafes particularly benefit from these dynamics – they are community gathering places.  77 percent of guests say wanting to live like a local matters in their decision to use STRs.

$1.1 Million

Airbnb collects & remits occupancy taxes on behalf of hosts in Louisiana as of Oct. 2018. We estimate the tax revenue from Lafayette short-term rentals is over $1.1 million per year.

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Short-term rentals are unique and the perfect way to connect our Cajun culture with the world. I honestly care about each and every person’s experience, and my goal is to make them love our area, come back and tell all their friends about Lafayette.”

John Pastor, LTLA member and STR owner