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Tourist Rooming Houses in Stevens Point
What is a Tourist Rooming House?
A Tourist Rooming House is a building or portion thereof, other than a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast establishment, or hostel, in which sleeping accommodations are offered for pay to tourists or transients.
A Transient or Tourist is a person who travels to a location away from his or her permanent address for a short period of time, not to exceed thirty days, for vacation, pleasure, recreation, culture, business, or employment.
Regulation of Tourist Rooming Houses
Tourist Rooming Houses are a permitted use within the City of Stevens Point if they are owner-occupied. This means the owner permanently resides on the premise, in addition to providing accommodations to tourists or transients.
A conditional use permit is required for all Tourist Rooming Houses which are exclusively operated where the owner does not reside on the property.
Operating a Tourist Rooming House not in compliance with the above may be subject to penalty provisions outline in the Zoning Code, Chapter 23 Opens a New Window. , of the Revised Municipal Code of the City of Stevens Point.
Failure to obtain proper permits to operate a Tourist Rooming House within the City of Stevens Point may result in additional enforcement, including the imposition of daily fines for violation, consistent with Chapter 23.06 of the City’s Zoning Code.
Portage County Health & Human Services (PCHHS) Lodging License
The PCHHS department requires a lodging license for the operation of Tourist Rooming Houses per the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (ATCP) Chapter ATCP 72 Opens a New Window. . As part of the licensing process, an inspection of the dwelling is required.
- Lodging License Guide (PDF) Opens a New Window.
- Lodging License Application (PDF) Opens a New Window.
Contact for more License Information
Portage County Department of Health and Human Services
Tourist Rooming House Taxes
State Sales Tax
Wisconsin state sales tax is required for Tourist Rooming Houses per WI ACT 59. Visit the Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s website for more information on state sales tax requirements.
- State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue – State Sales Tax for Short Term Lodging Opens a New Window.
Note: Certain websites for advertising Tourist Rooming Houses may have a Collections Agreement with the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue to collect and remit WI State Sales Tax as part of the built-in platform for the website. If utilizing these entities’ websites to assist in advertising, ensure you clearly understand any procedure to collect required WI State Sales Tax, or make sure to follow the State’s procedure.
Local Room Tax
The City of Stevens Point requires room tax for stays which is considered a “pass through tax,” passed on to the tourist or transient staying within the Tourist Rooming House.
Note: It is suggested to note the required room tax fee and sales tax fee within any listing or advertisement for the Tourist Rooming House, via any collections platform utilized.