Short Term Rental Regulations

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Update: COVID-19 Impacts

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the City’s progress on development of Short Term Rental regulations has been temporarily deferred. Thank you for stopping by – please stay safe and healthy.

What's happening?

The City has developed a set of possible standards and approaches to regulating short term rentals based on six priority areas tailored to Olympia’s vision: Housing, Health & Safety, Neighborhood Integrity, Fees & Taxes, Enforcement, and Economic Development.

The draft approaches are possible regulations for short term rentals, a means to finding common ground – not every approach below will be adopted. The intent of the regulations are to put in place rules that don’t exist today, that serve the needs of Olympia, and that are enforceable.

The approaches are broken into four general categories with examples in each category:

  • Permit Types and Fees
  • Booking/Listing Limits
  • Key Standards
  • Courtesy and Safety Standards

Why are we doing this?

Currently, Olympia doesn’t have specific regulations addressing short term rentals. City Council has asked staff to take a closer look at these types of rentals to establish equitable and balanced rules for all stakeholders. We will strive to develop a sound process for Olympia that:

  • Aligns with Olympia’s context and priorities
  • Protects public and private interests
  • Promotes fairness
  • Helps meet our social and economic needs

The following six goals represent the underlying principles guiding our planning progress so far:

  1. Housing: Establish protections for the supply and affordability of housing.
  2. Health and Safety: Identify unwanted behaviors and negative consequences.
  3. Neighborhood Integrity: Minimize impacts and tensions between short term rentals and neighbors.
  4. Fees and Taxes: Ensure equitable permit and tax compliance.
  5. Enforcement: Enact enforceable policies that improve building, safety, and accessibility requirements.
  6. Economic Development: Ensure an equitable approach with existing local firms and providers and their employees, and enable revenue opportunities for existing residents.”

How did we get here?

The City received public comment, held community meetings, and conducted research about best practices focused on short term rentals throughout the state and nation. We heard a full range of responses in support and opposed to regulating short term rentals.


Update: COVID-19 Impacts

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the City’s progress on development of Short Term Rental regulations has been temporarily deferred. Thank you for stopping by – please stay safe and healthy.

What's happening?

The City has developed a set of possible standards and approaches to regulating short term rentals based on six priority areas tailored to Olympia’s vision: Housing, Health & Safety, Neighborhood Integrity, Fees & Taxes, Enforcement, and Economic Development.

The draft approaches are possible regulations for short term rentals, a means to finding common ground – not every approach below will be adopted. The intent of the regulations are to put in place rules that don’t exist today, that serve the needs of Olympia, and that are enforceable.

The approaches are broken into four general categories with examples in each category:

  • Permit Types and Fees
  • Booking/Listing Limits
  • Key Standards
  • Courtesy and Safety Standards

Why are we doing this?

Currently, Olympia doesn’t have specific regulations addressing short term rentals. City Council has asked staff to take a closer look at these types of rentals to establish equitable and balanced rules for all stakeholders. We will strive to develop a sound process for Olympia that:

  • Aligns with Olympia’s context and priorities
  • Protects public and private interests
  • Promotes fairness
  • Helps meet our social and economic needs

The following six goals represent the underlying principles guiding our planning progress so far:

  1. Housing: Establish protections for the supply and affordability of housing.
  2. Health and Safety: Identify unwanted behaviors and negative consequences.
  3. Neighborhood Integrity: Minimize impacts and tensions between short term rentals and neighbors.
  4. Fees and Taxes: Ensure equitable permit and tax compliance.
  5. Enforcement: Enact enforceable policies that improve building, safety, and accessibility requirements.
  6. Economic Development: Ensure an equitable approach with existing local firms and providers and their employees, and enable revenue opportunities for existing residents.”

How did we get here?

The City received public comment, held community meetings, and conducted research about best practices focused on short term rentals throughout the state and nation. We heard a full range of responses in support and opposed to regulating short term rentals.