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Public hearing scheduled Jan. 30 for Clackamas County Board to receive input on proposed regulations for short-term rentals

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The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on draft regulations for short-term/vacation rental properties in unincorporated Clackamas County at the Board business meeting scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30. The meeting will be held in the Board Hearing Room on the 4th floor of the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City.  

The draft regulations are available for public review online. People who have comments but are not able to attend the Jan. 30 hearing are welcome to submit their comments by email or US Mail to Senior Planner Martha Fritzie at or Planning & Zoning, Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, OR 97045.  

A second public hearing on the draft regulations and Board action is planned for the Board Business Meeting at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 13.  

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 be carried out by either the Sheriff’s Office or Code Enforcement, depending on the issue.

Key components of the proposed regulations include rules regarding maximum occupancy, off-street parking, garbage pick-up, quiet hours, and fire and safety requirements. 

The 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.).

County staff drafted the regulations in 2019 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.  

Department Staff
Martha Fritzie
Planning & Zoning
Ellen Rogalin
Public & Government Affairs