County Planners Seek Additional Input on Proposed Regulations for Short-Term Rentals

Airbnb and similar online businesses currently violate county code


Published:

Airbnb listings dot the Bethesda and Silver Spring area

Montgomery County planners have scheduled a Sept. 19 meeting for community members to ask questions and to offer their thoughts on proposed efforts to regulate short-term rentals that operate over the Internet.

Websites like Airbnb, FlipKey, HomeAway and VRBO allow travelers to rent rooms and homes from lists provided by homeowners and property managers. In Montgomery, stays of less than 30 days violate county code unless the home has been designated as a bed and breakfast.

The County Council could relax the prohibitions through an amendment to zoning rules, ZTA 16-03, which would allow short-term rentals but with some limitations. The legislation, introduced in February 2016, was along with Bill 2-16, which would update the licensing requirements for all transient housing, including bed and breakfasts.

Once planners have collected information and feedback, they will offer recommendations to the county Planning Board and the council.

The hearing—at the Montgomery County Planning Department’s offices at 8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring—will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Planners held a hearing on the same topic July 18, drawing 60 people.

The Sept. 19 meeting will include representatives from the Montgomery County departments of permitting services, health and human services, and housing and community affairs. Planning staff will describe existing regulations of short-term rentals in the county and around the country.

Back to Bethesda Beat

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Articles

Updated: Walter Johnson High School Evacuated After Bomb Threat

Winston Churchill also received threat this morning, but students have returned to class

Poll Shows Hogan's Approval Ratings Remain High; Many Gubernatorial Candidates Are Choosing Female Running Mates

News, announcements and other helpful links for Wednesday morning

Baker Proposes Expanding Social Services During Tour of Montgomery County Homeless Shelter with New Running Mate

Prince George’s County executive explained why he picked a former Baltimore mayoral candidate to run for lieutenant governor

MCPS Students Walk Out of Class in Response to Florida Shooting

'I really feel like all of our lives are threatened and it shouldn't be like that because we're children,' a Montgomery Blair student said
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »

Lovely End Unit Townhome

Potomac, $1,499,900

Renovated Colonial

Chevy Chase, $1,095,000

Stunning Oasis

Bethesda, $1,885,000

Spacious Downtown Condo

Bethesda, $1,195,000

Classic Colonial

Chevy Chase, $1,025,000
Edit Module

Profiles

Your Guides to Leading
Local Professionals

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module

Edit Module