On October 13, 2021, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. ORD 2021-011 to add Chapter 20-48, Short-Term Rentals to the Zoning Code to establish a regulatory framework for STRs.
On August 9, 2022, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. ORD-2022-008 to set a maximum number of 198 non-hosted STR Permits to be issued citywide and to clarify that enforcement penalties apply to permit holders and “operators in good standing”.
On June 20, 2023, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. ORD-2023-008 allowing a one-time 31-day grace period for Permit holders whose Permits were issued within the first year of the Ordinance and expired without a renewal application being timely submitted. The Ordinance also included language to clarify that in the event that any non-hosted Short-Term Rental Permit was issued for a property within 1,000 feet of an expired non-hosted Permit that is subsequently renewed, both STRs would be able to retain their Permits regardless of the distance between them.
On July 25, 2023, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. ORD-2023-011 to address technical changes and add new and revised definitions and policies, and to add the following amendments to the Chapter 20-48, Short-Term Rentals:
- Allow Permit holders a 30-day grace period following the expiration of their Permit to submit a renewal application;
- Prohibit outdoor burning at non-hosted STRs, with the exception of natural gas and propane appliances (such as BBQs, grills, heaters and fire pits);
- Clarify that outdoor burning regulations do not apply to hosted STRs;
- Allow a transfer of an STR Permits, under certain conditions, to a spouse or domestic partner;
- Allow only one Non-Hosted STR Permit per property owner, but allow those with existing multiple STR Permits to retain and renew those Permits;
- Require applicants for Hosted STR Permits to provide an affidavit verifying that the property is their principal residence;
- Provide a tiered penalty schedule for violations, with one tier for minor violations and one for major violations, with a higher fine amount for major violations;
- Require a fine for the first penalty for TOT/BIA violations and for operating an STR without a Permit – no warnings for these violations;
- Clarify that after a third citation the Permit will be revoked and the property owner will be permanently ineligible for future consideration of a Short-Tern Rental Permit on the property that was the subject of the revocation; and
- Clarify that the City will not be accepting any new Non-Hosted Short-Term Rental Permit applications, and reduce the Citywide cap on Non-Hosted Short-Term Rentals through attrition as permits are vacated or revoked.