ASTORIA, OR – The popularity of homestay lodging booked on platforms including but not limited to AirBnB and VRBO has opened up the need to create guidelines and enforcement for such short-term rentals that will not take away long term rental opportunities. Homeowners have also been looking to the City for clarity regarding opening their homes as short-term vacation rentals on these advertising sites.
At the December 3, 2018 City Council Meeting City Council adopted the City Ordinance for Home Stay Lodging Licenses and staff began to develop the process for home owners to apply for a permit to use their occupied home as a short term vacation rental. The Permit process ensures that facilities are appropriately located; meet zoning requirements; adhere to safety regulations and don’t reduce the number of potential long-term housing units. Vacation (whole house) rentals have only been permitted in commercial zones, where hotels and motels are currently located.
Starting this week, Astoria residents may apply for Homestay Lodging Permits through the City of Astoria Community Development Department.
The HOMESTAY LODGING on the City website contains the Homestay Lodging Permit Application Packet with a step by step guide to understand the requirements to start your own homestay facility as well as the materials to gather, and licenses and permits required to remain compliant. The FAQ section will provide additional information and definitions.
City staff will also be holding specific “office hours” on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM to submit applications or for help answering questions and filling out forms. You may also request an appointment outside of those hours by calling 503-338-5183 or emailing email@example.com.
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