Rapid City Short-Term Rental Rules Earn Another Approval

Despite some public opposition, a group of Rapid City officials have given preliminary approval to a set of regulations for the growing cottage industry of home-sharing.
The Rapid City Planning Commission on Thursday approved the proposed regulations for services provided by websites such as Airbnb. The full council is expected to consider the regulations Oct. 3.
The websites allow people to make extra income by renting out extra rooms in their homes, or in some cases the entire home, to visitors looking for an alternative to hotels.
The newspaper reports the proposed regulations include a $250 fee.
Jamin Hübner is among the people who spoke against the regulations Thursday. Hübner says the review system of Airbnb provides a level of regulation that the government can’t match.