~ As per a recent request from the City Council, the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) of Springfield has created a map that displays all registered short-term rentals (STRs) within the city limits. This map allows users to view all STRs in the city or search for a specific address. The map is updated on a weekly basis as the Planning staff reviews and approves new applications. It also serves as a tool for reporting any potential violations.

The map and additional information about registered STRs in Springfield can be accessed through the city's website,

This development comes after the City Council passed an ordinance in 2019 to regulate STRs in Springfield. In recent times, there has been an increase in enforcement of unregistered STRs through Rentalscape, a software that assists municipalities in enforcing short-term rental ordinances, managing registrations, and collecting transient occupancy tax payments.

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Under this new regulation, STRs are now subject to the hotel-motel tax, which collects 5% of gross rental receipts from transient guests for sleeping accommodations. The revenue generated from this tax is used to promote travel and tourism and pay off debts incurred from bonds issued under the previous license tax.

The regulation of STRs is crucial to establish a community standard for their integration within existing neighborhoods while preserving their character. It also ensures the safety and well-being of both visitors and residents by reaffirming police, fire, and building safety guidelines for transient lodgers who may not be familiar with local laws.

The City of Springfield continues to work towards creating a balance between promoting tourism and maintaining the integrity of its neighborhoods through effective regulation of short-term rentals.

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