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Public invited to review, comment on proposed regulations for short-term rentals in unincorporated Clackamas County

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Draft regulations for short-term/vacation rental properties in unincorporated Clackamas County are available for public review and comment at www.clackamas.us/planning/str. Comments will be shared with County Commissioners to use as they consider adoption of these new regulations in 2020.

Clackamas County defines a short-term rental, or vacation rental, as a dwelling unit, or portion of a dwelling unit, that is rented to any person or entity for lodging or residential purposes, for a period of up to 30 consecutive nights.

The draft regulations include provisions for short-term rental owners to register with the county and pay a fee, and for enforcement of the regulations to carried out by either the Sheriff’s Office or Code Enforcement, depending on the issue.

Key components of the proposed regulations include the following:

  • Regulations would only apply outside of city limits in unincorporated Clackamas County.
  • All short-term rentals would be subject to the same regulations, except that short-term rental properties inside the Portland metropolitan urban growth boundary would be required to be the owner’s primary residence or located on the same lot as the owner's primary residence. (The owner would not be required to be there when the short-term rental was occupied.).
  • Short-term rentals would have to be registered with the county. In addition to paying a registration fee, which the county would use to pay for regulation administration and enforcement, the short-term rental owner would also be required to provide information at the time of registration, including:
    • Location
    • Contact information for someone who can respond to complaints 
    • An affidavit of compliance with safety standards
    • Evidence that all county fees and taxes have been paid, including registration with the county’s Transient Lodging Tax program
    • Proof of liability insurance
    • A site plan and a dwelling unit floor plan
  • Maximum occupancy of two people per sleeping area plus two additional people, with a total maximum of 15
  • Required one off-street parking spot for each two sleeping areas
  • Garbage pick-up at least once a week, with covered outdoor garbage containers
  • Posted quiet hours from 10 p.m. – 7 a.m. (in accordance with current county ordinance) 
  • Building and fire safety requirements related to smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, emergency escape routes, fire extinguishers, etc.

County staff drafted the regulations at the request of the Board of Commissioners in response to the increasing number of residents who use their homes for short-term or vacation rentals. The updated draft regulations are based on input gathered from the public through community meetings and discussions with the board at public policy sessions.

The complete draft regulations and a link to the input form are available online at www.clackamas.us/planning/str or by contacting Senior Planner Martha Fritzie at mfritzie@clackamas.us or 503-742-4529.

Department Staff
Martha Fritzie
Planning & Zoning
503-742-4529
Ellen Rogalin
Public & Government Affairs
503-742-4274