AGENDA ITEM #18
March 8, 2016
Bill 2-16, Transient Housing - Licensing and Registration
Bill 2-16, Transient Housing - Licensing and Registration, sponsored by Lead Sponsor
Councilmember Riemer and Co-Sponsor Councilmember Rice, was introduced on February 2,
2016. A Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee worksession is tentatively
scheduled for April 11 at 2 p.m.
Bill 2-16 would revise Chapter 54 of the County Code. The revisions would update the
provisions for hotels, delete forms of transient housing no longer allowed by the Zoning Code
(Chapter 59), establish a less burdensome method of licensing for Bed and Breakfast
establishments and assign responsibilities for licensing between Executive departments.
This Bill anticipates the approval of ZTA 16-03 which will make a Bed and Breakfast a
limited use in most residential and mixed-use zones, however, the enactment of Bill 2-16 does not
require the approval ofZTA 16-03. The only transient housing allowed by the Zoning Ordinance
(Chapter 59 of the code) are hotels and bed and breakfast establishments. ZTA 16-03 would not
change that fact. Those establishments are addressed in Bill 2-16.
Currently, the licensing requirements for a Bed and Breakfast are currently the same as the
licensing requirements for a hotel. Even though the level ofrental activity at a hotel is significantly
higher than at a Bed and Breakfast, the County's regulatory burdens are currently identical. An
annual license is required for every establishment, with
inspections. The Department of
Health and Human Services
not received any applications for any Bed and Breakfast under
current law. No licenses are outstanding.
As introduced, Bill 2-16 would simplify existing requirements for hotels in more precise,
concise and decisive text. Licenses for a Bed and Breakfast would be by self-certification but
subject to revocation based on substantiated complaints.
This packet contains:
Legislative Request Report
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