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Posted on: August 11, 2023

Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves County Short-Term Rental Ordinance

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Following completion of their regular business Tuesday night, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors held a final public hearing regarding Ordinance 2023-22 before voting unanimously to adopt the new regulations for Short-Term Rentals in the County.

The ordinance will now take effect after 120 days on November 14, 2023. 

The ordinance clearly defines a Short-Term or Vacation Rental as the short-term rental of any dwelling or portion of any dwelling for a period of less than 30 consecutive days. Further, Vacation Rentals are only permitted in habitable dwellings permitted by the County. This means that garages, sheds, tents, temporary travel trailers and recreational vehicles, temporary structures, or other structures that do not meet the standards for a dwelling may not be rented. 

“It’s been a pleasure to work closely with the County Attorney’s Office and Community Development in crafting this ordinance. To all who have worked on this, I am very proud of this result,” commented Patrice Horstman, Chair of the Board and Supervisor for District 1. “Not having the local authority for oversight until this past year cast Short-Term Rentals as a largely unregulated commercial enterprise detrimental to the character of our residential neighborhoods.” 

The following are some key highlights of the final draft:

  • Allows Coconino County to require a permit for short-term rental properties and to collect up to $250 as a permit fee. Permit fees will be used to fund the costs associated with registration.
  • Requires property owners to notify neighbors adjacent to the rental and to provide the County with a 24-hour emergency point of contact. Also, property owners will be required to respond to non-emergency complaints within 72 hours. 
  • Requires the property owner to provide a transaction privilege tax license number, pursuant to ARS § 42-5005, as well as proof of liability insurance coverage in the aggregate of at least $500,000 for the permitted property.
  • Prohibits property owners from allowing use of short-term rentals for special events or large gatherings that would have an adverse effect on a residential neighborhood or would ordinarily require a Temporary Use Permit. 

“The idea behind this ordinance is not to crack down on the good actors, who operate vacation rentals that do not damage the residential character of our neighborhoods,” added Coconino County Attorney, Bill Ring. “What we’re seeking is compliance with registration so we can understand where land use for Short-Term Rentals is occurring and who authorities need to contact in the event of a valid complaint or emergency.”

To that effect, Ordinance 2023-22 also clearly defines prohibited uses for a permitted Short-Term rental, including the housing of registered sex offenders, the operation of a sober living home, hosting of any pornographic or adult-oriented business enterprise, or the permission of felonious criminal activity as defined by Arizona Revised Statutes. 

“We’re not doing this to make money on permit fees. We’ve seen a community response to some bad behavior within the realm of Vacation Rentals in the County,” added Matt Ryan, Supervisor for District 3. “We’ve consulted with the public, with the County Attorney’s Office, and the Legislature to come up with a very practical approach to regulating Short-Term Rentals for the benefit of property owners and neighbors.”

Interested property owners may now apply for a permit from Coconino County Community Development through this new online portalhttps://co-coconino-az.smartgovcommunity.com/Public/Home 

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