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Posted on: January 22, 2024

REMINDER – Short-Term Lodging Regulation Information and Feedback Opportunities

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Reminder: We Want to Hear from You!

The City of Port Angeles is proposing robust platform-based regulations for short-term rentals and bed-and-breakfast operations, including a proposed fee structure and licensing program. Staff have developed five, separate regulatory approaches for consideration, which indicate where and how potential short-term rentals may operate. 

Alternative Option #1: An unlimited number of new Short-Term Rentals would be allowed citywide in all commercial and residential zones.

Alternative Option #2: An unlimited number of new Short-Term Rentals would be allowed in commercial and high-density residential zones. A limit of 75 new Short-Term Rentals would be allowed in each of the R11, R9 and R7 zones. 

Alternative Option #3: An unlimited number of new Short-Term Rentals would be allowed in commercial and high-density residential zones. No new Short-Term Rentals would be allowed in the R11, R9 and R7 zones. 

Alternative Option #4. An unlimited number of new Short-Term Rentals would be allowed in commercial zones. A limit of 100 new Short-Term Rentals would be allowed in each High-Density Residential zone. No new Short-Term Rentals would be allowed in the R11, R9 and R7 zones. 

Alternative Option #5. A limit of 100 new Short-Term Rentals would be allowed in each commercial zone. A limit of 50 new Short-Term Rentals would be allowed in each high-density residential zone. No new Short-Term Rentals would be allowed in the R11, R9 and R7 zones. 

Each alternative also provides a pathway for existing Short-Term Rentals, which are not in compliance with current zoning, to pay a fee and be allowed to continue as an approved non-conforming use. 

Your Input Is Crucial 

The Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing for the regulation of Short-Term Lodging on Wednesday, January 24th at 6 p.m.   Members of the public are encouraged to attend and provide input on the regulatory alternatives presented. This will be conducted as a hybrid event; participation is welcome either in person at the Council Chambers of City Hall, located at 321 E 5th Street, or virtually via WebEx. 

Additional meeting information can be found on the City website: www.cityofpa.us/Meetings-Agendas

Timeline for Proposed Regulatory Development 

Following completion of the City’s Public Outreach and Engagement Process, the City Planning Commission will provide their recommendations to City Council for review. If approved, City staff anticipate a comprehensive licensing and fee structure program to roll out in July 2024. 

It is important to note that any proposed ordinance will incorporate a phased transition period for enforcement. This approach will ensure a three-month ramp-up period for short-term lodging owners to undergo licensing and life-safety inspections. 

Learn More

To learn more about this project, please visit our website (www.cityofpa.us/ShortTermLodging) or see the attached Frequently Asked Questions. To receive updates directly to your inbox, please use the NotifyMe service to subscribe to City “News and Announcements.” 

Original News Flash (December 21, 2023)

The City announces its project webpage for Short-Term Lodging in Port Angeles. This page is designed to inform and invite community members to participate in the regulatory development process for short-term rental and bed-and-breakfasts operations. As part of this process, residents and stakeholders are encouraged to review the proposed regulatory measures and engage in the online survey, feedback sessions, and public hearings scheduled for Winter 2023-2024.

Project Background

For nearly three years, the City of Port Angeles has been working to review and update its Municipal Code. In 2020, the City contracted with Madrona Law Group to examine the entirety of the code, ensuring its compliance with state and federal law, eliminating outdated provisions, and adding new provisions that increase the health, safety and welfare of our residents.

As part of this process, a community survey conducted in 2021 yielded feedback on several critical issues. The regulation of short-term rentals was included, and 55% of respondents felt that some regulation of short-term rentals was necessary.

Moving forward, the City is proposing robust platform-based regulations for short-term rentals and bed-and-breakfast operations, including a proposed fee structure and licensing program. The initial draft is drawn from jurisdictional best practices across the state including the cities of Bellingham, Gig Harbor, Port Townsend, Seattle and Walla Walla, as well as feedback received from dozens of public comments over the past six months. Proposed municipal code revisions under consideration include:

Upcoming Public Engagement Opportunities

Your input can help to shape the development of the City’s short-term lodging regulations. We encourage residents and stakeholders to review the details of this project and engage in the online survey, feedback sessions, and public hearings listed below. 

Online Community Survey

  • Available online from December 21st– January 14th

Drop-In Feedback Session at the Port Angeles Winter Ice Village

  • Thursday, December 28th from 4pm to 7pm 
  • 121 W Front Street 

Drop-In Feedback Session at the Port Angeles Farmers Market

  • Saturday, January 6th from 10am to 2pm
  • 125 E Front Street   

Drop-In Feedback Session at the Port Angeles Senior & Community Center 

  • Thursday, January 11th from 4pm to 7pm
  • 328 E 7th Street 

Planning Commission Public Hearing (Hybrid Meeting – Virtual or In Person Participation)  

  • Wednesday, January 24th at 6pm  
  • City Hall Council Chambers, 321 E 5th Street 

City Council Public Hearing (Hybrid Meeting – Virtual or In Person Participation) 

  • Tuesday, February 20th at 6pm  
  • City Hall Council Chambers, 321 E 5th Street 

Please explore the City website to learn more about this project, including the history of short-term rentals in Port Angeles, and review proposed regulatory measures for short-term lodging moving forward.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Department of Community & Economic Development by phone at (360) 317-4750 or via email at ced@cityofpa.us