City Council Review of Short-Term Rental Regulations 

Background


September 2019

City Council requested a work session to review the Short-Term Rental (STR) regulations in Eugene. That work session was held Sept. 23, 2019. Building Permit Services Director Lydia Kaye gave a presentation about the benefits and challenges, what other cities have done, and options for local regulations.

 

At the Sept. 23 meeting Council directed the City Manager to draft an ordinance for deliberation before the end of the year that amends Eugene Code Chapter 3 (Business Regulation and Taxation) to add a short-term rental licensure program and that includes as part of the licensure program at least the following items:


  1. Yearly license fee
  2. Owner-occupancy requirement
  3. Limit on the number of days a unit can be rented
  4. Basis for license revocation, including number of complaints per calendar year
  5. Requirements for on-line platforms to assist in regulations
  6. Parking requirements


Sept. 23 City Council Work Session Materials


December 2019

On December 11, City Council held a work session to discuss the draft ordinance that resulted, per City Council’s request, from the initial work session on Short Term Rentals on September 23. Prior to that work session City Council received many emails regarding STRs, both in support of more regulation and in support of owners and operators of STRs. They also heard from over 20 community members regarding STRs at their Public Forum on Monday, December 9. See below for the background leading up to this meeting including direct links to the relevant City Council Meetings and Work Session materials and recordings. The main takeaways from the City Council Work Session were:


  • To slow down the process to ensure that more impacted groups and persons can be heard.
  • To collect information to determine what the problems truly are.
  • To create an ad hoc committee including STR operators, neighbors, and other interested parties to develop recommendations for staff to take back to Council this spring.
  • To adopt any new regulations before City Council’s summer break in 2020.


Dec. 11 City Council Work Session Materials:


See the December 9 City Council Meeting – Public Forum Recording for testimony from the community regarding short term rentals.


Next Steps

Ad Hoc Committee Formation

At the December 11 Work Session City Council directed staff to form an ad hoc committee to make recommendations to City staff and departments regarding the regulation of STRs. The application is available through the button below or can be downloaded in PDF format here. Committee meetings are planned for January through March 2020. The ad hoc committee and outreach process will be finalized by March 31, 2020.


Applications are due by January 15 at 5:00pm.


Learn More

Click Stay Informed to join our interested parties list and we will keep you informed on actions and options for input. Also read our Frequently Asked Questions. 

Additional questions?

Email Building Permit Services Director Lydia Kaye with any additional questions.