Airbnb Raleigh Rules Are Changing!

A new set of rules are being proposed for hosts of Airbnb travelers and other types of “short term residential lodging” facilities in Raleigh. The Raleigh Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday Morning will review these new rules.

On the meeting agenda is a proposed text change to the city’s unified development ordinance that will allow short-term lodging in private homes across the city, a practice that is currently illegal in Raleigh, but not heavily enforced.

City Council had been considering a set of Airbnb rules approved by the Raleigh planning commission in October, but the council wasn’t happy with the draft regulations and sent them back for review. Airbnb and North Carolina came to an agreement in May 2015 to begin collecting state hotel taxes from guests on behalf of hosts in the state.

Raleigh officials still hadn’t decided to handle the influx of homeowners now offering their homes up to travelers. Currently, there are more than two dozen properties in Raleigh listed on the Aribnb site.

The biggest change in the new proposal is the requirement for a 400 foot buffer around a ‘zoned’ property that would restrict other short-term lodging hosts from applying for a similar permit. This will help avoid over saturation of short term lodgings in the area.

Other new changes that the City Council will be reviewing include:

  • Hosts would be required to apply for a zoning permit on an annual basis. Zoning permits for boardinghouses and other rental establishments is about $80, though the official fee structure hasn’t been set yet.
  • Permits would be allowed as limited use in nearly all zoning residential and commercial zoning districts citywide, expect office parks, industrial parks and special districts, such as mobile home parks.
  • Renting of the entire dwelling would be prohibited, regardless of the number of bedrooms.
  • The maximum area devoted to short term residential lodging would be two bedrooms; the maximum number of adults allowed for short term rental would be two people. The number of children allowed would be unlimited.
  • The property owner or an on-site resident manager would be required to be present in the home throughout the rental period.
  • Cooking facilities are not permitted in the short term residential lodging areas.
  • The maximum length of stay for any guest would be restricted to 30 days.

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