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Expansion of the BDS Accessory Short-term Rental Permitting Process to Include Multi-dwelling Structures (Apartments and Condominiums)

BDS Service Level Update

Service Level Update: 
Expansion of the Bureau of Development Services Accessory Short-term Rental Permitting Process to Include Multi-dwelling Structures (Apartments and Condominiums)

Effective February 13, 2015 the Accessory Short Term Rental (ASTR) regulations will be extended to include residents of apartment and condo buildings who want to rent bedrooms to outside guests for less than 30 days. The ASTR regulations and permitting process were previously granted to residents of 1 & 2 dwelling structures on August 30, 2014. The Bureau of Development Services (BDS) implements the City’s regulations on ASTR and has developed a comprehensive webpage on the permitting process. All Accessory Short Term Rental applications are now required to be notarized.

The new allowances are explained on the BDS Accessory Short-term Rental webpage.

Residents located in a structure with 3 units or more can use the multi-dwelling structure application process. Some highlights of the process are:

  • Resident must obtain property owner’s written permission,
  • Notification is provided to adjacent residences/neighborhood association/building manager,
  • Number of ASTR operations in a structure is limited to a maximum of 25% of the total number of units in a structure, and
  • Business License requirements remain the same.

Permit fees are as follows through June 30, 2015:

  • Type A ASTR permit fee in a 1&2 dwelling structure is $178.00.
  • Type A ASTR permit fee in a multi-dwelling (3 or more unit) structure is $100.00.

Detailed information and permitting forms are available on the BDS Accessory Short-term Rental webpage. Information is also available in the Development Service Center.

In order to avoid wait times, customers are strongly encouraged to mail complete applications with check payment to BDS (address for mailing is on the application). Customers needing to submit complete applications with credit card or cash payment will need to visit the Development Services Center during regular business hours.