Short Term Rentals (STRs) - ex: AirBnB, VRBO, etc. - can affect GNAR communities in a multitude of ways. While a potential additional source of income for local homeowners, STRs can also lead to housing shortages, affordability issues, and shrinking community populations. Good local ordinances can help mitigate some of the worst impacts of STRs by helping preserve a community's character and keeping economic options available to community members. Below, we have gathered some guides and examples of local STR ordiances. Know of something we should add? Please send any feedback to email@example.com .
Resources & Tool
The Utah Community Development Office (CDO) has created a guide intended to help communities understand and make informed decisions about regulating short-term rentals (STRs). From writing a STR ordinance to incentivizing compliance, this guide serves as a tool for your community as you formulate your own ordinance. This guide also includes ordinance examples from Utah communities in the hopes that you may reach out to these neighboring jurisdictions for guidance in your STR process.
Park City's nightly rental website is a good example of a concise and simple website conveying local laws and needs to STR homeowners. Everything is in one place, including a complaint form for locals who are concerned about an STR in their community.
In partnership with Granicus, this session discussed the most recent data and trends for short-term rentals in the Intermountain West and shared strategies to help communities minimize negative impacts and improve compliance via their ordinances. Click here to see the slides from the session as well.
As part of the Mono County, CA General Plan, Transient Rental Overlay Districts were designated to provide oversight and curb the proliferations of unauthorized STRs. Chapter 25 provides STR definitions and the process of permitting, including giving notice to surrounding property owners. Chapter 26 outlines new STR standards and enforcement mechanisms.
Tahoe Home Connection (TaHoCo) is a community-based program in the South Shore of Lake Tahoe that works with second homeowners to rent their properties on a seasonal or longer-term basis to professionals and service industry employees working on the South Shore.
Host Compliance is a service offered by Granicus. While Host Compliance itself is a paid STR management system, they have a number of free online resources and webinars about STR best practices from communities they work with. On their learning center page, select "Host Compliance" from the "All Solutions Areas" dropdown to filter to get their STR specific resources.
In June of 2018, The Sandpoint City Council revised their STR ordinances. A valid permit must be in place to operate a short term rental within the City of Sandpoint. To review the code click here. Within the residential zones, there may be no more than one STR per parcel. Additionally, there are two categories of vacation rentals within residential zones which have different standards: Owner Occupied and Non-owner Occupied. Learn more below.
Research & Case Studies
REPORT - Impacts of STRs on Traditional Hotels - DOWNLOAD HERE
This report is focused on STR impacts on hotels, but also has some interesting growth rates and percentages about the changing STR trends across the country.