Residential Rentals Ordinance
Adopted April 4, 2016
The use of single and multiple family dwelling units have long been used in the resort community for Residential Rental purposes to provide an alternative to traditional accommodations; however, such uses may have adverse impacts that can best be addressed through appropriate regulations.
The regulation of Residential Rentals will preserve and protect the City’s neighborhoods and provide standards and procedures for Residential Rentals, as well as educate prospective renters on City regulations and expected behaviors.
The purpose of the Ordinance is to establish regulations for such use of Residential Rentals thereby enabling the City to preserve the public health, safety, and welfare. It does not regulate hotels, motels, inns, tourist homes, rooming and boarding houses, Cabins, and Cottages.
Owner Representative (aka Local Contact)– an owner can name a representative to comply with the requirements of the ordinance. Either the owner or the name representative must be available twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week for the purpose of: (1) receiving telephone calls or other communications from the City Police Department or other City Official relative to complaints about the Residential Rental; and (2) responding to the complaint by telephone or in-person when directed by the City Police Department or other City Official.
Owner Responsibility - The Owner shall post a copy of the Residential Rental License
• The Owner shall provide each occupant of a Residential Rental with the following information prior to occupancy of the unit and post such information in a conspicuous place within the Residential Rental:
- The name, email and a telephone number of the Local Contact Person;
- The collection days for refuse, yard waste and recyclables and applicable rules and regulations pertaining to storing waste materials on the exterior of the Property;
- Notification that the City may pursue legal remedies for creating a disturbance or for violating other provisions of the Ordinance;
- The requirements of the City’s Noise Ordinance;
- Notification that failure to conform to the occupancy requirements of the Residential Rental is a violation of the Ordinance;
- The Good Neighbor Brochure
License and registration - Prior to use of any property as a Residential Rental, the Owner shall apply for and obtain annually a Residential Rental License on a form provided by the City and signed by the Owner under penalty of perjury. Each application shall contain the following information:
- The name, address, email, and telephone number of the Owner of the Residential Rental for which the Residential Rental License is to be issued;
- The name, address, email and telephone number of the representative, if any, of the Owner;
- The name, address, email, and telephone number of the Local Contact Person;
- The physical address of the Residential Rental for which the application is submitted;
- The number of Bedrooms contained within the Residential Rental and the maximum occupancy;
- Acknowledgement that all applicants have reviewed and understand all regulations pertaining to the Residential Rental; and
- Such other information as the City Manager deems reasonably necessary.
Safety Certification - A safety certification form shall be completed by the Owner or the Owner’s representative as part of the annual licensing process. Any Owner may also request a Residential Rental inspection by the City in lieu of completing the annual safety certification form.
Occupancy - The overnight occupancy of a Residential Rental shall not exceed the sum of two (2) persons per bedroom plus an additional two (2) persons. Children under the age of six (6) years shall not be counted towards the overall number of occupants.
- An exception to the overnight occupancy limit may be authorized by the City Manager when an Owner requests a greater occupancy limitation than would otherwise be permitted, and demonstrates that the Residential Rental has been occupied by at least the number of individuals requested for at least twenty (20) consecutive or nonconsecutive days between January 1, 2015 and April 4, 2016. An occupancy exception shall be granted if the Building Inspector determines that the Residential Rental has adequate accommodations and life-safety features to exceed the occupancy limitations of this Section, and the City Manager determines that the additional occupancy will not be a detriment to public health, safety, or welfare. The Building Inspector may require an inspection to determine if there are adequate accommodations and life-safety features. Any request for an occupancy exception must be received by the City Manager on or before April 4, 2017. An exception granted under this this Section shall be effective until December 31, 2018, and may be reauthorized thereafter by the City Manager upon request.