Chapter 17.370


17.370.010    Purpose and intent.

17.370.020    Applicability.

17.370.030    Performance standards and requirements.

17.370.035    Criteria for approval.

17.370.040    Violations and cessation of use.

17.370.010 Purpose and intent.

The purpose and intent of these regulations is to ensure that vacation rentals and homestays conform to and are compatible with the existing character of the area in which they are located and do not create an adverse impact on adjacent properties. [Ord. 549 § 4 (Att. A), 2022].

17.370.020 Applicability.

Seventy-five vacation rentals and an unlimited number of homestays may be permitted in the SLR, LDR and MDR zoning districts consistent with underlying zoning district development and use standards and CBDC 17.370.030. [Ord. 549 § 4 (Att. A), 2022].

17.370.030 Performance standards and requirements.

(1) Authorization. A Type II land use permit consistent with CBDC 17.130.090 is required; however, recreational vehicles, travel trailers, tents, other temporary shelters, garages, and accessory structures (including accessory dwelling units) are not permitted for use as vacation rentals or homestays.

(2) Joint Driveway Access. If a joint driveway access is to be used for vacation rental or homestay use, all other property owners using the same private access must agree to the common use of the driveway.

(3) Licensing and Taxes. Owners and operators of vacation rentals and homestays must secure a business license pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 5.05 CBMC and the payment of transient lodging taxes pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 3.55 CBMC.

(4) Business License Application. Each vacation rental or homestay owner/operator must submit with their business license application a building department building safety inspection safety report prepared noting building department review and authorization of the proposed vacation rental or homestay structure compliance.

(5) Vacation Rental Written Notice. Subject to director approval, a written notice will be conspicuously posted inside each vacation rental setting forth the name, address and telephone number of the contact person required in subsection (11) of this section. The notice shall also identify the address of the vacation rental, the maximum number of occupants permitted to stay overnight in the unit, the maximum number of vehicles allowed to be parked on site, the day(s) established for garbage collection, city noise regulations, a city-approved tsunami evacuation map and a nonemergency number of the Coos Bay police department.

(6) Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detector. A carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detector device must be installed in each bedroom for rent in a homestay or vacation rental.

(7) Address Numbers. Address numbers on the vacation rental or homestay structure must be visible from the street.

(8) Annual Verification of Contact Information. The vacation rental owner/operator shall annually, at the time of renewal of the business license, verify the name, address and telephone number of the contact person required in subsection (11) of this section.

(9) Vacation Rental and Homestay Compliance. Compliance with all CBMC regulations is required, including, but not limited to, CBMC Titles 8, Health and Safety; 9, Public Peace, Morals and Welfare; and 15, Buildings and Construction.

(10) Homestay Advertising on Site. Homestay on-site advertising is permitted subject to the requirements of CBDC 17.333.060.

(11) Contact Requirements – Vacation Rentals. A vacation rental owner and/or operator shall, at all times while a property is being used as a vacation rental, maintain a contact person/entity within a 15-minute drive of the property. The contact person or entity must be available via telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to respond to complaints regarding the use of the vacation rental. The contact person or entity shall respond, either in person or by return telephone call, with a proposed resolution to the complaint within three hours between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., and within 30 minutes between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

(12) Limit of Occupants. The number of overnight occupants in a vacation rental shall be limited to no more than two persons per bedroom and two additional persons. For example, a two-bedroom dwelling would have a maximum occupancy of six persons. A bedroom shall meet the minimum size requirements as defined in CBMC Title 15 (building code). Authorized occupancy may be determined by bedrooms, parking, overall home floor plan, site plan and neighborhood characteristics and may be less than the maximum allowed.

(13) Vacation Rental Location Distance Limitations in Residential Zones. Establishment of a vacation rental within 300 feet of an existing vacation rental is prohibited.

(14) Parking Requirement.

(a) One hard-surfaced off-street parking space shall be provided for every guest room in a vacation rental.

(b) One hard-surfaced off-street parking space shall be provided for every guest room in a homestay exclusive of the two-parking-space requirement for the property.

(c) In calculating the number of spaces required, the total shall be rounded up.

(d) Parking areas shall not be located in the front yard but may be located on the property’s paved driveway.

(e) A parking diagram is to be posted on site and made available for vacation rental and homestay guests. [Ord. 551 § 4, 2022; Ord. 549 § 4 (Att. A), 2022].

17.370.035 Criteria for approval.

(1) Compliance with CBDC 17.370.030, Performance standards and requirements.

(2) Compatibility with the surrounding neighborhood. [Ord. 549 § 4 (Att. A), 2022].

17.370.040 Violations and cessation of use.

(1) Violation of the requirements specified in CBDC 17.370.030 shall constitute grounds for revocation of the Type II permit required for a vacation rental or homestay pursuant to CBDC 17.130.090(5).

(2) Cessation of use of a vacation rental or homestay for more than one year or failure to be rented less than 10 nights in a calendar year (as determined by the city’s transient lodging receipts) will result in revocation of the land use permit, subject to the requirements of CBDC 17.130.090(5).

(3) The city, in addition to other remedies and those provided in Chapters 8.10, Public Nuisances, and 1.15 CBMC, General Penalty, may institute appropriate actions or proceedings to prevent, restrain, correct, abate, or remove an unlawful location of a vacation rental or homestay in violation of this chapter. The owner of a building where a violation has been committed shall be guilty of a violation of this title and shall be subject upon conviction to a fine of not more than $500.00. Each day under which the violation continues shall be considered a separate offense. [Ord. 551 § 5, 2022; Ord. 549 § 4 (Att. A), 2022].