Chapter 17.57


17.57.010    Purpose and intent.

17.57.020    Allowed uses and conditions.

17.57.030    Relationship to other ordinances.

17.57.010 Purpose and intent.

A. The purpose of this chapter is to provide land use regulations related to bed and breakfast inns and tourist homes. It does not apply to hotels and motels.

B. The provisions of this subsection are necessary to prevent unreasonable burdens on services and impacts on residential neighborhoods posed by short term rentals. Special regulation of these uses is necessary to ensure that they will be compatible with surrounding residential uses and will not act to harm and alter the neighborhoods in which they are located. Maintenance of the city’s existing residential neighborhoods is essential to its continued community vitality and economic security. It is the intent of this subsection to minimize the impact of short term rentals on adjacent residences, and to minimize the impact of the commercial character of short term rentals. (Ord. 3172 § 6 (Exh. E), 2017).

17.57.020 Allowed uses and conditions.

A. Bed and Breakfast Inns.

1. Bed and breakfast inns are allowed as conditional uses in all residential zones, and as a permitted use in the C-III zone.

2. Accessory buildings that were lawfully established prior to June 1, 1989, may be considered part of a bed and breakfast inn.

B. Tourist Homes.

1. Tourist homes are allowed as conditional uses in all residential zones and as a permitted use in the C-III zone.

2. A tourist home may be allowed within a single-family residence on the same property as an accessory dwelling unit. No short term rental shall be allowed in an accessory dwelling unit.

3. Buildings that are not the primary residence of the owner may not be used as a tourist home. Provided, that a tourist home or a portion thereof lawfully established prior to June 1, 1989, may be located in an accessory building.

4. Tourist homes are only permitted in detached single-family residences. They are not allowed in duplex, triplex, or fourplex single-family residences.

5. Primary residency is established by providing identification including but not limited to a state driver’s license or identification card, voter’s registration, or any other document issued by a state or federal agency showing that the property is the primary residence.

6. The owner of a tourist home shall be on site during the time rental activity is taking place.

7. Kitchens, as defined in PTMC 17.08.040, are not allowed in rental units. A microwave and mini-refrigerator are allowed, and for the purpose of a tourist home these appliances are not considered to constitute a kitchen.

8. Occupancy. The maximum number of occupants allowed in a tourist home shall not exceed two adults per bedroom.

9. Appearance and Visibility. The use shall not change the residential character of the outside of a building, either by the use of colors, materials, signage, lighting; or by the construction of accessory structures or garages that are visible off site and not of the same architectural character as the residence.

10. Parking. All off-street parking associated with a tourist home shall be entirely on the same lot as the tourist home. Parking requirements shall be as set forth in Chapter 17.72 PTMC, Off-Street Parking and Loading.

11. Exits. All bedrooms must have an egress window or door.

12. Outdoor Storage. Storage of recreational vehicles, and other similar vehicles, machines, or recreational devices, is allowed on off-street paved parking surfaces on the same lot as the tourist home, in the same manner as allowed for other dwelling units in the same zone. These items may not be stored within the public right-of-way. If there is not enough legal on-site parking for the storage or parking of recreational vehicles/devices, the property owner must provide alternative arrangements for their storage. The determination of what constitutes a vehicle or device, as described above, shall be determined by the city.

13. Transferability. The conditional use permit for a tourist home runs with the land and may be transferred to any other person or legal entity as provided for in Chapter 17.84 PTMC, Conditional Uses. As provided for in PTMC 5.08.140, the associated business license may not be transferred or assigned. (Ord. 3172 § 6 (Exh. E), 2017).

17.57.030 Relationship to other ordinances.

A. Each short term rental, including those in existence on the effective date of this chapter, is subject to the city’s business license requirements, and all stipulations of this subsection regarding location.

B. Short term rentals must meet the standards of the city’s adopted residential building codes. (Ord. 3172 § 6 (Exh. E), 2017).