Rental of a whole or partial residence to visitors for less than a month is commonly known as a Short-Term Rental (STR). Its legal term in Wisconsin is a Tourist Rooming House (TRH). Due to the growing popularity of house sharing and vacation rental websites that match visitors with residential host locations, many Wisconsin residents are offering short-term rentals in their homes.
Wisconsin allows the rental of one to four sleeping accommodations, which can be rooms of a home or an entire home.
All City of West Allis Tourist Rooming Houses must be licensed through the West Allis Health Department and inspected annually to verify the operation meets all requirements of Wisconsin law related to general public health.
How to Get Licensed (Steps must be completed in order)
STEP 1: ZONING
Zoning verification: The City of West Allis permits tourist rooming homes/a.k.a. short term rentals in all residential zoning and commercial districts when the following are met:
• The structure is a single or two-family residence, or a mixed-use or multi-family containing not more than 4 dwelling units.
• Meets the definition of a Tourist Rooming House - All lodging places, other than hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts, in which sleeping accommodations are offered for pay to tourists or transients. A tourist rooming house is a type of short-term rental.
• Offered for rent for a fee and for fewer than 29 consecutive days.
Zoning questions: Contact the West Allis Development Department/Planning Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 302-8460.