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Lewisville City Council passes ordinance regulating short-term rentals

Short-Term Rentals in Lewisville: New Rules Take Effect After City Council Vote

On January 8th, the Lewisville City Council voted unanimously to pass an ordinance regulating short-term rentals within the city limits. This decision comes after months of public discussion and debate, spurred by the rapid growth of platforms like Airbnb and Vrbo in the area.

The new ordinance outlines a series of requirements and restrictions for short-term rental operators, focusing on key concerns raised by residents, including:

  • Permitting: All short-term rentals will be required to obtain a permit from the City of Lewisville. This process will involve inspections to ensure compliance with safety and occupancy regulations.

  • Local Management: Property owners must designate a local contact person who can be reached within 15 minutes by phone and respond to complaints within an hour. This aims to address issues like noise disturbances and parking violations promptly.

  • Occupancy Limits: The number of guests allowed will be determined based on the square footage of the property, ensuring responsible use of living space.

  • Parking: The ordinance clarifies limitations on street parking for short-term rentals, addressing concerns about congestion and competition for existing residents.

  • Taxes: The ordinance ensures proper collection and remittance of hotel occupancy taxes from short-term rentals, contributing to essential city services.

The new regulations offer a balance between encouraging responsible short-term rental activity and protecting the quality of life for Lewisville residents. While some details are still being finalized, the ordinance takes effect on July 8th, 2024, giving both property owners and potential guests time to adjust to the new requirements.

What This Means for You:

  • Residents: If you live near a short-term rental, you can expect a decrease in disruptive behavior and improved communication with property owners. This ordinance should also help minimize issues with parking and ensure compliance with safety regulations.

  • Property Owners: If you operate a short-term rental in Lewisville, familiarizing yourself with the new ordinance is crucial. You'll need to apply for a permit, designate a local contact person, and adhere to occupancy limits and parking restrictions.

  • Guests: If you're considering booking a short-term rental in Lewisville, be sure to check for a valid permit and understand the occupancy limits and other regulations especially noise regulations - go to rest not disturb and try keep it as quiet as possible.

The implementation of this ordinance marks a significant step for Lewisville in managing the growing short-term rental market. By balancing the interests of residents, property owners, and guests, the City Council aims to create a framework for responsible short-term rental activity that benefits the entire community.

To minimize disruptions to neighborhoods, the city will continuously assess compliance with short-term rental regulations. Further restrictions may be implemented if necessary.


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