Media Release: Clackamas County considering regulating short-term/vacation rental properties; public invited to comment at meetings, online through early June

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With an increasing number of Clackamas County residents interested in using their homes for short-term or vacation rentals, the county is looking at whether to regulate homes used in this way in unincorporated areas of the county.

A short-term rental, or vacation rental, is a furnished home, apartment or condominium, all or part of which is rented for limited (30 days or less) stays, typically on a nightly or weekly basis.

County staff are interested in receiving public input about possible regulations related to what type of residence should be allowed to be used as a short-term rental and in what areas of the county, as well as ideas for regulating operations such as garbage collection, off-street parking, maximum days rented per year, noise, maximum number of occupants, and building and fire safety systems (smoke detectors, fire extinguishers).

Seven presentations are scheduled throughout the county in May and early June, and anyone interested is welcome to attend any of the meetings. The meetings are open to the general public and, in most cases, hosted by a local Community Planning Organization (CPO) or Hamlet. People can also learn about and comment on the issue online at www.clackamas.us/planning/str.

Planning Director Jennifer Hughes explains that this is a good time to consider new regulations for this form of land use.

“While short-term/vacation rentals are an increasingly popular way for people to find a place to stay and an additional source of income for homeowners,” Hughes says, “they can also cause trash, noise, parking and other problems for neighbors. There can also be serious safety considerations such as access for emergency vehicles and fire code compliance.”

Contact: Martha Fritzie, Planning & Zoning
Phone: 503-742-4529
Email: mfritzie@clackamas.us

Contact: Ellen Rogalin, Public & Government Affairs
Phone: 503-742-4274
Email: ellenrog@clackamas.us