The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners is expected to call for a June 1 public hearing to consider adopting an ordinance regulating short-term rentals, such as Airbnb and Vrbo units.
The board of commissioners will review a draft ordinance at Tuesday’s work session. Under the proposed ordinance, the county would establish oversight regulations required of such rental units and those wishing to offer such locations to visitors.
Short-term rentals would be allowed only in agricultural and single-family residential zoning, according to a draft of the ordinance. Those wishing to offer a residence for short-term rental would be required to apply for a short-term rental certificate that would have to be renewed annually. No short-term rental would be allowed to exceed five bedrooms for rent, nor would it be allowed to function as a special event facility. Rental units also would have to have off-street parking sufficient for one car per bedroom in the unit, with parking spaces required to have to be hard surfaced. Lastly, the rental unit’s owner would have to post an informational notice in a visible location at the unit, providing information such as the location of the nearest hospital, trash pickup day information, quiet hours to be observed and the maximum number of occupants allowed at the unit, according to a summary of the draft ordinance posted on the county’s website.
The commissioners meet 3 p.m. Tuesday for a work session at the county administration building, 1130 Bluffs Parkway in Canton. The work session will be followed by the board’s regular meeting at 6 p.m.