The City Council is considering amendments to the Land Use Code (SMC Title 23) to define and add standards for short-term rental uses and modify the definition and standards for bed and breakfast uses. The proposed land use code amendments are available at http://www.seattle.gov/council/issues/regulating-short-term-rentals.
The legislation would establish a new definition for “short-term rental” as a type of lodging use and establish standards for short-term rentals, including an annual limit of 90 nights for housing units that are not the primary residence of the short-term rental operator. The legislation includes requirements that all short-term rentals provided at the primary residence of the operator that rent more than 90 nights in a year have a short-term rental license from the City. The legislation would also modify the definition of “bed and breakfast” as a type of lodging use and modify the standards for bed and breakfasts as an accessory use in residential zones.
The City Council’s Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods & Finance Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposal during their meeting on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, starting at 9:30 a.m. The hearing will be held in the:
City Council Chambers
2nd floor, Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue
For more information on the time of the hearing, please check the Committee agenda a few days prior to the meeting at http://www.seattle.gov/council/committees.
The entrances to City Hall are located on the west side of Fifth Avenue and the east side of Fourth Avenue, between James and Cherry Streets. For those who wish to testify, a sign-up sheet will be available fifteen minutes before the public hearing.
Questions concerning the public hearing may be directed to Nate Van Duzer in Councilmember Burgess’s office at 206.684.8806 or Nate.VanDuzer@seattle.gov.
Council Chambers are accessible. Directions to City Hall, and information about transit access and parking are available at http://www.seattle.gov/cityclerk/services-and-programs/visiting-city-hall. Print and communications access is provided on prior request. To request accommodations for a disability, please contact Nate Van Duzer as soon as possible at 206.684.8806 or Nate.VanDuzer@seattle.gov.
For those unable to attend the public hearing, written comments may be sent to:
Councilmember Tim Burgess
600 Fourth Avenue, Floor 2
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025
or by email to Tim.Burgess@seattle.gov
Written comments should be received by July 19, 2016, at 5 p.m.
The proposed amendments are available online at http://www.seattle.gov/council/issues/regulating-short-term-rentals. Copies of the proposal are available from the City Clerk’s Office. The Clerk’s Office is located at 600 4th Avenue, Floor 3, in downtown Seattle and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Questions regarding the short term rental proposal or requests for electronic copies of the legislation may be directed to Aly Pennucci of the Legislative Department (684-8148 / firstname.lastname@example.org).