|5/29/2020 11:47:00 AM|
County Board to act on new
license for short term rentals
There is a new ordinance up for a vote on the County Board agenda June 3-- that if adopted, would impose rules on short term rentals, often known as “Air B&B” and “VRBOs” and any properties, be it a cabin, yurt, rural mansion or a farmhouse, being offered out to the public for temporary habitation.
Vacation rentals by owners has exploded as part of the hospitality sector in the last few years, and as numbers of locations grow so do the issues.
Anybody using property for short term rental is required to become licensed within six months of the county ordinance going into effect.
For purposes of the ordinance a short term rental is less than 30 days, “weekly or nightly.”
Chisago County decided to address concerns commissioners were reporting that they were hearing. In a recent County Board meeting Commissioner Mike Robinson noted a couple parcels next door to single family dwellings on Rush Lake, that are getting a reputation for becoming nuisance properties. He said the sheriff deputies need some legal basis to respond to complaints and the county needs a better system to keep track of responsible individuals.
The county planning commission began by drafting a new ordinance to mitigate adverse impacts these rental businesses have on surrounding properties, that are within county zoning and land use areas. The ordinance won’t apply to city parcels.
The ordinance wording that the County Board has expressed an intent to approve, sets out conditions to qualify for county licensing of these operations.
• the fee is paid and application is made (no amount has been set for the license fee yet)
• the parcel must NOT have past due property tax
• property must be insured and the responsible party contact information must be on file with the county
• the “quiet hours” shall be 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
• regular garbage collection services must be existing
• no holding tanks, only compliant individual subsurface septic systems will be used
• no RVs, tents or other accessory structures can be used to boost occupancy.