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Tourist Rooming House Permitting

City of Ripon License Requirements: Per Chapter 20.52 Article VI of the Code of Ordinances, all tourist rooming house operators must obtain an annual Tourist Rooming House Zoning License from the City of Ripon. Tourist Rooming Houses are commonly referred to as Airbnb and Vrbo. 

 

In addition, the operator must hold the following non-expired license from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP): https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/TouristRoomingHouses.aspx 

 

or Fond du Lac County for a tourist rooming house: https://www.fdlco.wi.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/26182/637535700761170000 

 

Annual License July 1st through June 30th - Fee: $10.00

 

City of Ripon Operating Rules and Requirements:

1) Tourist rooming houses rented for a total of 180 days or less within any consecutive 365-day period shall be required to obtain a Tourist Rooming House Zoning License.

2) Tourist rooming houses rented for 181 days or more within a consecutive 365-day period shall be required to obtain a Tourist Rooming House Zoning License and a Conditional Use Permit from the Plan Commission.

3) Tourist rooming houses must be rented to tourist or transients for a minimum of two (2) days.

4) The sale of alcoholic beverages of any kind is prohibited on the premises.

5) With the exception tourist rooming houses located in the B-1 Central Business District, all tourist rooming houses must have at least one off-street parking space for every two adult guests.

 

Records and Room Tax:

Each operator shall keep a list of names of all persons staying at the tourist rooming house. This list shall be kept on file for a period of one year. Each operator shall keep an accounting of all Tourist Rooming House lodging transactions for the purpose of confirming room tax payments. All transactions shall be kept on file for the license period. Such records shall be filed annually with the city with the Tourist Rooming House Zoning License application and available for inspection by city officials at any time