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Home » Archives » March 2018 » Changes To Vacation Rental Code Will Affect Some Existing Permits

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03/11/2018: "Changes To Vacation Rental Code Will Affect Some Existing Permits"

A public hearing on a proposed vacation rental code amendment may very well affect some of the existing permits. The public hearing will be held in the Council Hearing Room at 55 Second Street, Friday Harbor, Washington on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 beginning at 9:15 AM.

The proposed amendments to the vacation rental regulations would require all vacation rentals to have a property management plan have a contact person located on the island where the rental is located, and annually certify compliance with fire and life safety requirements.

In addition, the amendments make new vacation rental permits renewable and better address nuisance issues such as traffic, noise, garbage, water use and parking.

The amendments will also create a new and different code enforcement process and penalty for unpermitted vacation rentals.

Written comments may be submitted in advance of the hearing by mail or at the hearing by delivery in person. Please deliver 5 copies of all written comments to the Clerk of the San Juan Islands at 55 Second Street, Friday Harbor or mail to 350 Court Street #1, Friday Harbor, WA 98250.
Below are a few examples of the proposed changes:

Page 5, lines 34-35: Requires that permit holders annually certify compliance with their permit
conditions and the fire and life safety requirements of the International Fire Code (IFC) and post
the certification on-site. This is a new requirement.
age 6, lines 21-24: Requires the holders of vacation rental permits approved prior to the
effective date of the ordinance to comply with the operational requirements of section (K) by
December 31, 2018. This is a new requirement.
Page 3, lines 31-33 and lines 34-36 require a new monetary penalty of $2,300 for the first
notice of violation and $100 per day of operation thereafter for operation of an unpermitted
vacation rental. This provision is intended to reduce or eliminate unpermitted vacation

Page 6, lines 9-10, a new Council alternative L1 is provided that requires that owners of vacation
rentals vested or approved prior to the effective date of the ordinance to comply with all
provisions of the new standards by December 31, 2023. This is a new requirement.
Page 6, lines 13-15, a new Council alternative L is provided that requires that owners of vacation
rentals vested or approved prior to the effective date of the ordinance to revise their permits to
comply with all of the provisions by December 31, 2023.

The ordinances may be reviewed 24 hours a day at the County website at or on at the following web page:

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