Chapter 3.37


3.37.010    Purpose.

3.37.020    Definitions.

3.37.030    Registration.

3.37.040    Fee.

3.37.050    Penalty.

3.37.060    Prohibitions and restrictions – Miscellaneous.

3.37.010 Purpose.

This chapter prescribes the conditions for the registration for short-term rental. (Ord. 2017-19).

3.37.020 Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

“Operator” means the proprietor of any dwelling, lodging, or sleeping accommodations offered as a short-term rental, whether in the capacity of the owner, lessee, sublessee, mortgagee in possession, licensee, or any other possessory capacity.

“Short-term rental” means the provision of a room or space that is suitable or intended for occupancy for dwelling, sleeping, or lodging purposes, for a period of fewer than 30 consecutive days, in exchange for charge for the occupancy. (Ord. 2017-19).

3.37.030 Registration.

(1) A short-term rental operator shall, within 30 days of holding or continuing to hold itself out as offering lodging, register with the commissioner of the revenue to allow for the assessment and remittance of business license as required under SCC 5.05.100 and transient occupancy taxes as provided in Chapter 3.35 SCC.

(2) After initial registration under the provisions of this chapter, a short-term rental operator shall register by not later than March 1st each year with the commissioner of revenue, providing the complete name of the operator and the legal and street address (and parcel identification number) of each property in the city of Staunton offered for short-term rental by the operator. (Ord. 2018-04; Ord. 2017-19).

3.37.040 Fee.

The annual registration fee shall be $50.00 for each property for which the operator is engaged in short-term rental and shall be paid to the city of Staunton. (Ord. 2017-19).

3.37.050 Penalty.

There is imposed a penalty of $500.00 for each violation for any failure to register as required under the provisions of this chapter. (Ord. 2017-19).

3.37.060 Prohibitions and restrictions – Miscellaneous.

(1) Until an operator pays the penalty and registers such property as required under the provisions of this chapter, the operator shall not offer or rent such property for short-term rental.

(2) For any repeated violations of the provisions of this chapter as it relates to a specific property, the operator is prohibited from registering and offering that property for short-term rental.

(3) An operator required to register under the provisions of this chapter is prohibited from offering a specific property for short-term rental in the city of Staunton upon multiple violations on more than three occasions of applicable state and local laws, ordinances, and regulations, as they relate to the short-term rental of such property.

(4) Notwithstanding compliance with the provisions of this chapter, an operator shall comply with all other provisions of the Staunton City Code and other applicable law, including but not limited to those related to land use under Chapter 18.152 SCC. (Ord. 2017-19).