Short-Term Rentals in Unincorporated Clackamas County

An ordinance approved by the Board of County Commissioners in December 2022 clarifies that short-term (vacation) rentals are an allowed residential use in specific areas of unincorporated Clackamas County. The ordinance will be effective May 30, 2023.

This action follows Board approval in November 2022 of ZDO amendments to address issues that were remanded (sent back) to the county by the state Land Use Board of Appeals.

The approved ordinance will:

  1. Add a definition of “short-term rental” to ZDO Section 202, Definitions.
  2. Add “short-term rental” as an allowed use of a dwelling unit or guest house in all zoning districts where dwelling units or guest houses are allowed, except for:
    1. EFU, TBR, and AG/F districts and
    2. Urban or rural reserves where state law prohibits allowing new uses that were not allowed when the reserves were designated.
  3. Amend ZDO Section 833, Guest Houses, to remove text that specifically prohibits using a guest house as a source of rental income and replace it with text that clearly allows the rental of a guest house on a short-term basis. Specific facilities allowed and not allowed in guest houses are also being clarified.

Meetings and Updates

Dec. 8, 2022 BCC Business Meeting
Approval of ordinance allowing for short-term rentals in specified areas, effective May 30, 2023.
Nov. 2, 2022 BCC Public Hearing
on proposed Zoning & Development Ordinance (ZDO) amendments to respond to findings of error in the amendments intended to allow short-term rentals in unincorporated Clackamas County.
Sept. 8, 2022 BCC Public Hearing
Board of Commissioners repeals regulations on short-term rentals.
This repeal removes language in the County Code that established business regulations for short-term rentals. This repeal does not affect the following:
  • Whether short-term rentals would be explicitly allowed in unincorporated Clackamas County, as stated in the Zoning & Development Ordinance (ZDO), and
  • Whether short-term rental owners would continue to be subject to the required county transient lodging tax and the state transient lodging tax.
June 30, 2022 BCC Public Hearing
Board of Commissioners delays implementation of regulations until July 1, 2023
June 23, 2022 BCC Public Hearing
  • Approved delaying second public hearing until Sept. 8, 2022.
  • Agreed to consider, at their June 30 business meeting, an order to delay implementation of the current ordinance until 2023.
May 10, 2022 Board Issues Session
May 4, 2022 Board Policy Session
March 30, 2021 Board Policy Session
Dec. 9, 2020 BCC Land Use Hearing
Nov. 25, 2020 BCC Business Meeting and Public Hearing
Second reading on establishing a registration program and regulations in the County Code
Nov. 23, 2020 Planning Commission meeting and public hearing
Nov. 9, 2020 Planning Commission Work Session
Nov. 5, 2020 BCC Business Meeting and Public Hearing
First reading on establishing a registration program and regulations in the County Code; public comments welcome
Oct. 13, 2020 Board Policy Session, File ZDO-273: Short-Term Rentals
March 11, 2020 BCC Policy Session: Discussion of Feedback on Draft Short-term Rental Regulations
Feb. 13, 2020 BCC Business Meeting
Jan. 30, 2020 BCC Business Meeting
Jan. 14, 2020 BCC Policy Session: Preparation for Short-Term Rental Amendments 1st Reading
Oct. 22, 2019 BCC Policy Session
Sept. 25, 2019 BCC Policy Session
Aug. 6, 2019 BCC Policy Session
June 11, 2019 BCC Policy Session
June 10, 2019 Planning Commission
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