Newport short-term rental workgroup meets Thursday

NEWPORT — Newport’s Short-Term Rental Ordinance Implementation Workgroup will hold a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 7, for its ongoing review of the city’s process for enforcing vacation rental regulations and granting new licenses.

The work group, which has been meeting for about a year, is composed of city council members, city officials, community members and representatives of the lodging industry. It evaluates issues such as compliance and enforcement actions to determine the effectiveness of amendments to city code made during spring 2019 that require annual licensing, a cap on the total number of licenses allowed, create different rental property categories, establish density limits and an overlay zone in which rentals can be located and add enforcement mechanisms (such as a “three-strikes” violation policy and two-year “cooling off” period before an individual whose license has been revoked can reapply).

Discussion at the meeting Thursday will include a report on the number of active licenses, enforcement actions, potential regulations regarding accessory dwelling units and a follow up on a dog attack involving a pet owned by a short-term rental guest (the full agenda is available online at The work group makes recommendations for potential adoption by city council.

The meeting will be held electronically at 3 p.m. and can be viewed online at Public comment can be submitted up to four hours before the meeting begins at [email protected]


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