Short-Term Residential Rentals Work Plan and Ordinance Development

In 2017, the General Assembly passed SB 1578 and added a new section, 15.2-983, to the Code of Virginia, which authorizes localities to adopt an ordinance to establish a short-term residential rental registry requiring the registration of operators offering short-term rentals of spaces in residential properties within the locality.

Subsequently, the county launched a workgroup and created a Short-Term Residential Rental Work Plan (PDF).

Fact Sheet

Information about the registration process and the ordinance development may be found in this Short-Term Residential Registration Fact Sheet (PDF) that you may download or print. 

  1. Phase I: Taxation and Registration
  2. Phase II: Public Safety and Land Use

Ordinance Adoption

  • In 2018, the Board of Supervisors adopted a short-term residential rental registration ordinance effective July 2018. Since then, county staff have been collecting information about the short-term residential rental market and developing draft zoning and land use policies related to short-term residential rentals for the Board of Supervisors to consider.
  • The ordinance is intended to help the county monitor and evaluate the growing industry of short-term residential rentals. The registry established by the ordinance creates a channel for the county to provide operators of short-term residential rentals with important business-related information and resources. This would include information about necessary permits, applicable fire regulations and the Transient Occupancy Tax, which generally applies to establishments that offer temporary lodging for four or more people at one time.

The following staff reports, included in items prepared for Board of Supervisors meetings, detail the process of the initiative. 

Public Outreach in Phase I

A key component of the initiative is community outreach. During Phase I, the county conducted a survey to gather opinions and comments from the public about short-term residential rentals.

Prior to adopting the ordinance in 2018, the Board of Supervisors sought and considered input from a broad range of stakeholders. These public input opportunities included:

  • Four industry-specific focus groups
  • A countywide online survey
  • A Board of Supervisors Public Hearing

For more information about the short-term residential rentals initiative, email David Street in the Office of the County Administrator or call 703-777-0200.