Short-Term Rental (Vacation Rentals) Ordinance

 
THE ONLINE APPLICATION HAS BEEN ACTIVATED!
 


The City of Coeur d'Alene’s City Council passed rules and regulations related to short-term stays in residential structures, sometimes referred to as Vacation Rentals (VR) on December 5th, 2017.

At the last City Council meeting (January 16, 2018) the fees for short-term rentals were approved as follow:

  • First year - $285
  • Annual renewals thereafter - $96

 

TIMELINE:

The City of Coeur d’Alene is accepting permits online at this time. Code Enforcement will be actively searching for properties that are operating without a permit. The city will process and issue permits in the order received.

 

PRIOR TO FILLING OUT THE APPLICATION:

To apply for any type of license, you first need to have a personal web account issued to you. There's a button at the top of the License page (www.cdaid.org/License) that will take you to the www.cdaid.org/License/ApplyForPersonAccount page to do that. Our staff will review your application and then, upon approval, email the login details.

 

ONCE YOU’VE COMPLETED YOUR ACCOUNT SETUP:

  1. Review the supporting documents and the copy of the Short-Term-Rental ordinance below.
  2. After reviewing the "ITEMS NEEDED FOR SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION list below, apply for the license at: www.cdaid.org/License

 

PLEASE NOTE!

The following is a list of items that will need your attention to successfully apply for a short-term rental permit. The following items are provided because they require additional information beyond checking a yes/no button. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. This list is provided for your convenience to help you prepare.

 

ITEMS NEEDED FOR SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION:

These are supporting documents that the city will need a copy of, in addition to your application. You will attach a scan or digital photo to provide the following documentation:

  • Parking Plan:

    • Number/location of stalls
    • Show Street/Avenue/Road (and provide address)
  • Safety Sheet for each floor showing:
    • Escape plan
    • Gas, water, electrical shut offs where applicable
    • Emergency contact number (not 9-1-1)


Supporting information to get ready for input into the online application (not all-inclusive):

  • Contact information
    • Owner (Name, Address, Email, and Phone)
    • Responsible Party (Name, Address, Email, and Phone - if applicable)
  • Emergency phone number
  • Neighborhood Notices:
    • Name/address/date of notice provided (for each)
  • That you have installed smoke and carbon monoxide detectors where needed
  • 2-A-10-BC Fire extinguishers on each floor (tested)
    • Date of fire extinguisher inspection (Month/Year)
  • Address numbers facing the street (4” tall & ½” stroke minimum)
  • Type of unit (Condo, house, ADU, etc.)
  • Additionally, if the unit is part of a structure that has a fire sprinkler suppression system, you will need to provide the date of the last inspection. This is typical of multi-family/condo buildings.



Supporting Documents:


Proposed Short-Term Rental regulations at a glance:

  • Ordinance legalizes short-term (vacation) rentals in the City of Coeur d’Alene and is consistent with HB 216 (signed by the Governor on April 4, 2017 and effective January 1, 2018)
  • Short-term rentals will need to apply for a permit with the City annually (unless they are exempt as noted below)
  • Sets a standard for threshold when permitting is required by owner/responsible party
    • From 1 night up to 29
      • 30+ days is month to month- considered a typical rental
    • Exemption for short-term rental of unit/bedroom:
      • No more than 14 days per calendar year – may be divided into 2 stays
  • All permitted STRs will need to post their permit number on all advertisements
  • Permits will not be transferrable from owner to owner or property to property
  • Online Application/Self-inspection Checklist must be completed
  • Requires an owner or responsible party to be available 24/7 while unit is occupied
    • Provides 60 minute window for resolution of issue to prevent Police calls/trips to STR
  • Requires posting of emergency contact numbers and emergency exit route inside the STR
  • Requires certain information be provided to renters (copy of permit, safety plan, contact info for responsible parties, Good Neighbor Policy, trash days, etc.)
  • Regulates occupancy just like any other residential property
  • Prohibits outdoor storage and signs
  • Regulates parking- a parking plan must be provided to the City and renters
  • Requires use of trash containers
  • Only allows one unit per owner per parcel to be rented as a STR, to prevent multi-family from turning into a pseudo hotel (ex. Apartments) – however, there is no restriction on the number of STRs on different parcels that an owner can have in the City, so long as they are permitted
    • Allows use of ADU or associated principal dwelling to be used as STR (but not both)
    • New construction of ADU, if used as STR, will trigger payment of associated impact fees (existing units are grandfathered and won’t be required to pay impact fees)
    • New ADU construction will require 1 parking stall be provided onsite
  • Requires notice be provided to adjacent neighbors (See “Neighborhood Notice” link above).

If you have any questions, please contact Sean Holm (Senior Planner) at sholm@cdaid.org or by calling (208) 676-7401.