Short Term Rental

On January 3rd, 2023, Crow Wing County passed a Short Term Rental (STR Licensing Ordinance requiring all property owners that operate a short term rental within the County’s Planning and Zoning jurisdiction and those cities or other local government units (LGUs) who have a contract with the County to regulate STRs in those areas, to obtain a license through the county beginning upon Board approval. Licenses are renewed each year in January, regardless of when prior year’s license was issued. In addition to these Crow Wing County licensing requirements, it is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure that the property meets any local short-term rental requirements of the city or township in which the property is located.

Short Term Rental Licensing ordinance


Applying for a license 

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions to ensure you have all the information you will need to fill out your application. 

Click here to apply for a Short-Term Rental License.

Licensing Fee:  $100 per advertised bedroom

Current septic compliance inspections are required for license approval. During the winter months an inspection is not always possible. A winter window form may be filled out and attached to your license application allowing you until June 1st to have an inspection completed.
The form is only valid during the winter months each year.

Winter Window Form 2023-2024

If you are not connected to an on-site individual septic treatment system (ISTS), but instead are connected to a city/municipal sewer or a local sanitary sewer district, a wavier form will need to be filled out and attached to your application. 

Septic Compliance Inspection Waiver Form

A 24 hour, 7 days a week contact is required for all rentals. Authorized agent contact information is required on all applications, whether it be yourself or someone acting on your behalf as an authorized agent. 


All complaints of violations of this ordinance are handled by our 24/7 hotline which can be reached at 218-824-1132 or by filling out the online complaint form (link below.) You can upload and submit photo evidence of the violation through the online complaint form.

Online complaint form


Decisions by County staff related to a Short Term Rental License Ordinance application can be appealed but must be filed with the County within 10 days of the notice of decision. Appeal paperwork may be filled out at the Land Services Office, mailed to our office, or e-mailed to

Appeal Application


The map below shows current licensed rentals in Crow Wing County and the emergency contact for that rental. It is still preferred that any complaints are filed through the hotline or form above. The emergency contact is contacted each time a complaint is filed. 
The map is updated monthly.