Short-Term Rental Regulations

City Council adopts new regulations 

The City Council adopted regulations for short-term rentals (STRs), a booked stay of 29 consecutive nights or fewer, on November 5, 2018. These program goals guided the development of the STR regulations: 1) balance the economic opportunity created by STRs with the need to maintain the City's housing supply and 2) protect the rights and safety of owners, guests and neighbors.

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The City Council also approved a moratorium on the siting, establishment and operation of any structures or uses relating to bed and breakfast facilities and the submission of any business license applications for these uses. This moratorium is in effect until the STR regulations take effect on May 5, 2019. The STR regulations will replace and expand on the bed and breakfast regulations.

What to expect on May 5, 2019

The new STR regulations take effect on May 5, 2019. The STR permit application will be posted to the City's website (on the Land Use Application webpage) no later than May 5, 2019. To find out if your project is viable and what type of permit(s) you might need, please visit the Permit Center, City Hall - 210 Lottie St. to talk with city representatives from Planning, Building Services and Public Works.  

Legislative Process 

City Council Meetings

December 10, 2018 - The City Council held a public hearing on the moratorium of B&Bs.

November 5, 2018 - The City Council approved Ordinance 2018-11-024 on third and final reading. The new short-term regulations take effect on May 5, 2019.

October 22, 2018 - The City Council considered final approval of the ordinance on third and final reading. The item was not approved on third and final reading; rather, it was referred to the November 5th City Council Committee of the Whole meeting to clarify how accessory dwelling units are treated.  

October 8, 2018 - The City Council's Committee of the Whole discussed the draft short-term rental ordinance. City Council (5-1 vote) approved the draft ordinance on first and second reading.

September 10, 2018 - The City Council's Planning and Community Development Committee  continued the consideration of the draft short-term rental ordinance.

August 20, 2018 - The City Council's Planning and Community Development Committee continued the consideration of the draft short-term rental ordinance.

July 9, 2018 - The City Council's Planning and Community Development Committee continued the consideration of the draft short-term rental ordinance.

June 18, 2018 - The City Council held a public hearing on the draft short-term rental ordinance. 

Planning Commission Meetings

Click on the meeting dates below to search in the City Council / Planning Commission meeting calendar for meeting materials associated with each meeting. The March 1, 2018 meeting packet includes the draft ordinance.

On March 22, 2018, the Planning Commission voted 5-2 to forward a recommendation of approval to the City Council on the draft short-term rental ordinance, which will include minor modifications discussed at the meeting. 

The Planning Commission held meetings on the following dates:

Public Comments

*NOTE: Additional comments may have been received by the Mayor's office directly and placed in individual meeting packets, which can be found by searching for the City Council meeting date at www.cob.org/meetings

Resources

Municipal Research Services Center article (November 2017): 12 Examples of Short-term Vacation Rental Regulations

Municipal Research Services Center article (February 2016): Local Government Catching Up with Airbnb and Other Short-Term Transient Rental Businesses