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Short-term Rentals

Short-term rentals are not regulated in Washington County. In recent years, community members sent emails and letters and testified before the Washington County Board of Commissioners about the impacts some short-term rentals have on the community.

Community Planning staff drafted the Short-term Rentals: Issues and Considerations issue paper as part of the 2019 Long Range Annual Work Program. Following a public comment period on the issue paper, the Board directed us to develop requirements and a licensing program. 

In December 2020-January 2021, we asked the community to take a survey and comment on the proposed requirements through an online open house. The open house provided background on the draft requirements, and 326 people took the survey.

A summary of survey responses is available at Short-term rentals: Open house results.


  1. Staff develops proposed regulations (2022)
  2. Public Comment Opportunity
    - Online open house/survey on proposed regulations
  3. Staff finalizes regulations and develops proposed ordinance
  4. Board of Commissioners begins reviewing proposed ordinance
  5. Public Comment Opportunity
    - Board conducts public hearing(s); written or oral testimony can be submitted by the public
  6. Board action to include: adopt ordinance as filed, amend ordinance or reject ordinance