Clackamas County Board to hold hearings, take action on proposed regulations for short-term rentals in November-December

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The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners will resume its consideration of proposed code changes to allow for and regulate short-term/vacation rentals in unincorporated Clackamas County.  

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 Board will consider adopting the registration program and regulations into the County Code at public hearings in November. Additional Board and Planning Commission public hearings will be held in November and December to consider adopting enabling amendments to the county’s Zoning & Development Ordinance (ZDO).

The public will have a chance to comment either in writing or at any of the hearings, which will be held on Zoom. The schedule of public meetings and hearings is as follows:

  • Public meetings on establishing a registration program and regulations in the County Code for short-term rentals:
    • 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 5: Board of Commissioners business meeting -- first reading; public comments welcome
    • 0 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 19: Board of Commissioners business meeting -- second reading; public comments welcome
  • Public hearings on permitting short-term rentals in unincorporated Clackamas County by amending the county’s Zoning & Development Ordinance (ZDO)
    • 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23: Planning Commission meeting and public hearing; public comments welcome
    • 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 9: Board of Commissioners Land Use Hearing; public comments welcome
  • The Board is scheduled to take action on the proposed ordinance ZDO amendments at its regularly-scheduled business meeting at 10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 17.

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. 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 tract as the owner's primary residence. (The owner would not be required to be there when the short-term rental was occupied.)  

The draft regulations and details of upcoming public hearings are available online. People who have comments but are not able to attend a hearing are welcome to submit their comments by email or US Mail to Principal Planner Martha Fritzie at or Planning & Zoning, Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, OR 97045.  

The draft short-term rental registration program and regulations were originally written by county staff 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. After public hearings in January and February 2020, the adoption process was temporarily halted with the COVID-19 pandemic in March. In May the Board agreed to put the project on hold until November 2020. 

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