The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has adopted a new ordinance that requires operators of short-term residential rentals such as Airbnb, to register with the county, beginning July 1, 2018. Under the new chapter of the codified ordinances, registration will be required annually. There will be no registration fee. The new 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. Operators of short-term residential rentals who do not register with the county may face a fine of $500 per violation. Adoption of the ordinance on May 1, 2018, is part of the Board’s initiative around short-term residential rentals and completes Phase 1 of the Short-Term Residential Rental Work Plan, which was approved by the Board in October 2017. Phase 2 of the work plan, which is currently underway, focuses on zoning, land use and public safety issues. It is scheduled to include an online survey to gauge the community’s opinions about land use issues to help inform the direction of a potential zoning ordinance amendment. The county’s Short-Term Residential Rental initiative began after the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation allowing localities to establish registries for short-term residential rentals. Operators of short-term residential rentals in Loudoun will be able to register online beginning July 1, 2018. More information, including updates about the registration process as that date approaches and the text of the adopted ordinance, may be found at www.loudoun.gov/ShortTermRentals.
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