|County seeks comments on proposed rental regulations posted on 01/01/2020|
After several months of development process involving County
Board of Commissioners deliberation and public opinion gathering, draft
regulations for short-term rentals (STR) in unincorporated Clackamas County are
available for public review and comment. The county will be seeking comment
until the Thursday, Jan. 9 deadline.
“I have received a lot of comments throughout the whole
process and expect to continue to do so,” said Clackamas County Senior Planner
The draft proposal requires STR owners to register with the
county and pay a fee to cover the costs of administration and enforcement of
the regulations. The county estimates the fee will be between $800 and $900 for
a two-year registration.
Public comments will be shared with the commissioners as
they consider amendments and approval of the regulations later in the month. If
approved, the new regulations are expected to become effective July 1, 2020.
In addition to a registration fee, STR owners will be required
to provide the county information about their rental property including
location, contact information for complaints, an affidavit of compliance with
safety standards, proof of liability insurance, a site plan and dwelling floor
plan. Owners will be required to provide proof that all county fees and taxes
have been paid, including registration with the county’s Transient Lodging Tax
Betsy LaBarge, president of Mt Hood Vacation Rentals, cited
compliance with the lodging tax program as an element of the regulations
crucial to fostering tourism in the region.
“Tourism is everything for Mount Hood’s economy,” LaBarge
said. “Without it we’d be sleepy communities with less going on.”
The regulations also address issues of community nuisance
voiced by the public regarding STRs.
Maximum overnight occupancy for rentals will be restricted
to two people per sleeping area plus two additional people, with no more than
15 people on premise. One off-street parking spot is required for every two
sleeping areas to limit street congestion. Outdoor garbage containers will be
required to be covered, with weekly scheduled pick-up. Rentals will be required
to post quiet hours from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. in accordance with current county
Building and fire safety requirements will be enforced by
proposed regulations including mandatory smoke and carbon monoxide detectors,
emergency escape routes, fire extinguishers and other code issues.
“Pretty much everything (the regulations require) we already
do as a best business practice,” LaBarge said about the regulations’ impact on
the 32 rental properties she currently manages. “We don’t want to be a bad
Draft regulations will only apply to rentals outside of city
limits in unincorporated Clackamas County. Fritzie stated a significant
addition to the regulations implemented by the board of commissioners during
the last policy meeting will require that STRs inside the Portland metropolitan
urban growth boundary be the owner’s primary residence or located on the same
lot as the owner's primary residence.
Enforcement of the regulations will be carried out by the
sheriff’s office or county code enforcement depending on the issue.
Noncompliance with STR regulations will result in enforcement consequences
including inspections, citations and fines, as well as potential revocation of
Draft regulations are available for public review and
comment online at www.clackamas.us/planning/str.
Data from the survey will be presented to the commissioners
as they prepare for a Jan. 14 policy session to prepare STR amendments. This
policy session will be followed by a Jan. 30 board of commissioners public
hearing for the reading of the proposed amendments.
More information is available by contacting senior planner
Martha Fritzie at email@example.com or by phone at 503-742-4529.
By Ben Simpson/MT