Short-term rental housing regulations

Regulations being considered for: Short-term/vacation rental properties in unincorporated Clackamas County

What: Planning and Zoning Division staff are working with the community to develop draft regulations for properties used as short-term or vacation rentals in unincorporated Clackamas County. 

Why:The County’s Zoning Ordinance does not clearly allow short-term or vacation rentals. However, since many homes are being used for this purpose and there is a growing interest among homeowners to rent their homes short-term, we are looking for the most effective way to potentially allow and regulate this type of land use. 

Where: Any adopted regulations would only apply in unincorporated Clackamas County, not inside any of the cities in Clackamas County.

Definition
A short-term or vacation rental includes: The rental of part or all of a furnished home, apartment or condominium for a limited stay (typically 30 days or less), typically on a nightly or weekly basis.

  • The operator / host typically has a business license, pays income tax, self-employment tax and lodging/hotel tax
  • Operators/hosts may be owners, renters or property management companies. 
  • The properties are often advertised on websites such as Airbnb, Vacasa, HomeAway, VRBO, VacationRentals.com and Booking.com

Meetings

To find out what people think about the possibility of regulations for short-term / vacation rentals, County Planning staff presented information about why the county is considering regulations and asked for community input on what the regulations might include at seven meetings in May and June. To see the presentation, check out the video on this site.

  • May 7 at 7 p.m.: Boring Fire Station, 28655 SE Highway 212, Boring (hosted by Boring CPO)
  • May 18 at 10:30 a.m.: Mt. Hood Oregon Resort Trees Room, 68010 E. Fairway Ave., Welches (hosted by Rhododendron CPO)
  • May 20 at 6:30 p.m.: Development Services Building Room 115, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City (hosted by Clackamas County)
  • May 22 at 7 p.m.: Beavercreek Grange Hall, 22041 S. Kamrath Road, Oregon City (hosted by Beavercreek Hamlet)
  • May 28 at 7 p.m.: Gladstone Church of the Nazarene, 4180 SE Jennings Ave., Milwaukie (hosted by Jennings Lodge CPO)
  • June 3 at 7 p.m.: Clackamas Fire District Station 5, 9339 SE Causey Ave., Happy Valley (hosted by Sunnyside/West Mt. Scott CPO)
  • June 11 at 7 p.m.: Stafford Primary School, 19875 SW Stafford Road, West Linn (hosted by Stafford Hamlet)

County meetings

The Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners (BCC) met to discuss this topic in June. 

BCC Policy Session Tuesday, Oct. 22
11 a.m.

Public Services Building 4th Floor, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City

BCC Policy Session Wednesday, Sept. 25
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Public Services Building 4th Floor, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City

BCC Policy Session Tuesday, Aug. 6
10:15 a.m.
Packet
Audio

Public Services Building 4th Floor, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City

Planning Commission

Monday, June 10
6:30 p.m.
Agenda
Packet
Video

Development Services Building Room 115, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City

BCC Policy Session

Tuesday, June 11
1:30 p.m.
Packet
Audio

Public Services Building 4th Floor, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City

Public hearings will be held later if the BCC decides to move forward with adopting regulations.

For more information, contact Senior Planner Martha Fritzie at mfritzie@clackamas.us or 503-742-4529. 

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The rental of part or all of a furnished home, apartment or condominium for a limited stay (typically 30 days or less), typically on a nightly or weekly basis. 

  • The operator / host typically has a business license, pays income tax, self- employment tax and lodging/hotel tax 
  • Operators/hosts may be owners, renters or property management companies. 
  • The properties are often advertised on websites such as Airbnb, Vacasa, HomeAway, VRBO, VacationRentals.com and Booking.com 
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Yes, many other jurisdictions do specifically allow and regulate this type of land use.

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More and more property owners in Clackamas County are engaged in or wanting to become engaged in short-term rentals, and it’s an increasingly popular way for people to find a place to stay.  While short-term rentals provide an additional source of income for the homeowners and encourages tourism, they can also cause considerable problems for neighbors in terms of trash, noise, parking, etc..  There can also be serious considerations related to life, safety and the environment – such as access for emergency vehicles, fire code issues, etc.

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What kind of dwelling or residence?

In any legally-established permanent dwelling

  • Due to the County’s owner-occupancy requirement for accessory dwelling units (ADUs), only one of the two dwellings on a lot with a legal ADU could be used as an STR.
  • This option would include allowing STRs in apartments and condominiums.
  • In all cases, the owner of the property/ dwelling(s) would need to authorize STR use.

    Only in certain types of housing such as detached and attached single-family homes, accessory dwelling units (ADUs), plexes and/or multifamily units

Which geographic areas?

Allow throughout unincorporated Clackamas County, in all zoning districts

Only allow in the Mt. Hood resort areas

  • Mt. Hood is the County’s main tourist destination.
  • The communities on Mt. Hood already contain a relatively large number of STRs, many of which have been operating for decades.
  • In addition, there are condominiums, particularly in Government Camp, that were specifically developed as resort/vacation rental properties.
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Garbage collection

To ensure garbage will not pile up on a property

  • Could be a fairly simple requirement that the property has garbage pick-up service (either through a garbage hauler or a rental agency) and covered garbage receptacles

Maximum occupancy

To help ensure safety and try to minimize noise and parking conflicts

  • Limits are typically 2-3 persons per bedroom.

Maximum number of days rented per year

To limit the number of people coming and going in neighborhoods that may be more sensitive to the transient nature of STR use

  • May be appropriate to have different limits in different areas of the county (Mt. Hood, etc.)

Off-street parking

To help ensure access into the neighborhood remains available for other residents and emergency responders

Could be a set number of off-street parking spaces or vehicles

  • Could be based on the number of bedrooms (i.e. 1 space per bedroom)

  • Vehicles parked illegally in the right-of- way are a Sheriff’s Office enforcement issue.

Noise/nuisance

To help reduce neighborhood impacts due to noise, particularly late at night

  • Could require owners to post “quiet hours” based on the county’s noise ordinance
  • Could require owners to mail a notice
    to neighbors with a contact name and number, who is the first point of contact for a complaint about noise (or other problems) in the STR
  • Noise ordinance violations are enforced by the Sheriff’s Office.

Building and fire safety

To help ensure all dwellings used for STRs have the required number of smoke detectors, CO2 detectors and a fire extinguisher and that the building contains basic safety features (windows in bedrooms, safe railings on decks, etc.)

  • Could be done through a self-reporting, affidavit-type system
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Email:zoninginfo@clackamas.us

150 Beavercreek Road Room #225 Oregon City, OR 97045

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Development Service Building

Phone:503-742-4500
Email:zoninginfo@clackamas.us

150 Beavercreek Road Room #225 Oregon City, OR 97045

Office Hours:

Phone
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Office
Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.