June 22, 2017

County Delays Short-term Rental Regulation Decision

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The Flathead County Commission delayed its decision on creating a new set of regulations for short-term rentals in zoned areas, after the commission wanted a little more time to look at the language in the proposal.

The Northwest Montana Association of Realtors came to the county with a proposed text amendment to the Flathead County Zoning Regulations that would allow for rental stays shorter than 30 days in a residence. Currently, the regulations only allow property owners to rent out their homes for stints of 30 days or longer.

With the idea of vacation rentals catching fire, especially on apps like Airbnb and VRBO, Kalispell, Columbia Falls, and Whitefish have all developed rules for these short-term rentals. In Flathead County’s zoned areas, there are an estimated 200 or more vacation rentals.

The text amendment would allow for stays shorter than 30 days in zones where single-family dwelling units are allowed. The regulations involved […]

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