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Record No: CB 119082    Version: Council Bill No: CB 119082
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
Final Action: 12/8/2017
Ordinance No: Ord 125483
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to short-term rental uses and bed and breakfast uses; amending Sections 22.214.030, 23.44.051, 23.45.545, 23.84A.024, 23.84A.030, and 23.84A.036 of the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC); and adding a new Section 23.42.060 to the SMC.
Sponsors: Rob Johnson
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Central Staff Memo, 3. Memo - STR Regulations - PLUZ (added; 11/27/17)
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to short-term rental uses and bed and breakfast uses; amending Sections 22.214.030, 23.44.051, 23.45.545, 23.84A.024, 23.84A.030, and 23.84A.036 of the Seattle Municipal Code (SMC); and adding a new Section 23.42.060 to the SMC.
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WHEREAS, housing vacancy rates are at low levels, making it increasingly difficult for people to obtain permanent housing; and
WHEREAS, removal of residential units from the long-term housing market contributes to low vacancy rates; and
WHEREAS, the conversion of long-term housing units to short-term rentals could result in the loss of housing for Seattle residents; and
WHEREAS, limiting operation of short-term rental properties to property owners will help reduce opportunities to convert long-term housing units to short-term rentals; and
WHEREAS, it is in the public interest that short-term rental uses be regulated in order to help preserve housing for long-term tenants; and
WHEREAS, the business model of short-term rental agencies depends upon participation and contact with local short-term rental operators; and
WHEREAS, the standards for the operation of short-term rental uses contained in this ordinance help to preserve the availability of housing for long-term rentals by limiting the number of short-term rentals a person can operate, reduce negative effects on affordable housing, and protect the safety and livability of residential neighborhoods; and
WHEREAS, the City Council finds that this ordinance is necessary to protect and promote the health, safety, and welfare of the general public; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Section 22.214.030 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 124312, is amended as follows:
22.214.030 Applicability
A. The registration provisions of this Chapter 22.214 shall apply to all rental housing units with the exception o...

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