Short-term vacation rentals, that may include renting a furnished home, have become popular alternatives to traditional lodging. Starting out as a form of the “sharing economy” where primary occupants share part of their home for a few days, short-term rentals (STR) expanded to hosts renting entire homes, host-free. The ease for hosts to list places, using conveniently available online tools, has fueled growth.
STR expansion across the nation reached Kitsap County with Airbnb climbing to the third highest source of county tourist lodging tax revenues for 2017. Although STRs offer additional lodging opportunities and increased revenue for hosts, STR growth has led to increased complaints to county officials about noise, disrespectful guests, shoreline/parking intrusions, and safety concerns.
Consequently, the County launched a planning process to address STRs in a way that protects consumers, upholds building safety, and prevents various community impacts. Key to this process is involving residents and stakeholders throughout the planning process. Additional opportunities for public comment will be available.
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