Are you interested in utilizing your residence for short-term rental purposes, such as through an online platform such as AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO, etc.? If so, then please be advised of the following information.
City Council recently adopted an ordinance enabling property owners to potentially utilize their residences for rentals of 30 consecutive days or less. The ability to rent out a room or the entire dwelling on one of the many online platforms is dependent on a few zoning considerations. The adopted ordinance has two tiers of short-term rental uses:
A dwelling unit in which a room or rooms are offered for rent for compensation for a period of thirty (30) consecutive days or less by an owner who utilizes the dwelling as his/her principal residence and occupies the dwelling unit during any such rental. No food shall be prepared for guests.
A dwelling unit that does not meet the definition of Homeshare in which a room or rooms, or the entire dwelling are rented for thirty (30) consecutive days or less for compensation. Unlike Bed and Breakfast Homestays and Bed and Breakfast Inns, no food shall be prepared for guests.
In all zoning districts that allow for residential use, a Homeshare application can be reviewed and approved administratively by the Zoning Administrator. Alternatively, the approval process and authority for Short-Term Rentals is dependent on the zoning classification of the property where the activity will be occurring. Please contact the Zoning & Inspections department at 540-667-1815 if you would like to additional information or would like to start the permitting process. Separate licensing with the Commissioner of Revenue applies, so please be sure to contact the Commissioner’s office for additional information.