Short-Term Rentals

Short term rental image:  a suitcase and keyWhat is a Short-Term Rental?

A short-term rental is the leasing out of a furnished residential dwelling on a short-term basis, generally less than 30 days. 

City Council Direction

It is estimated that there are approximately 500-600 short term rental units in Fayetteville. However, Fayetteville’s codes do not have specific rules or allowances for short term rentals. 

View the resolution here. (pdf)


Public Input Opportunity History

Step 1. Focus Group Meeting 1

As the first step in studying short-term rentals, the City hosted a focus group on August 19, 2019 to discuss the issue. The focus group represented various perspectives including neighborhood representatives and concerned citizens, rental owners and managers, and hotel owners. The group was guided by a professional facilitator to identify key issues and recommendations in moving forward with local rules for short-term rentals. View the first Focus Group Notes here. (pdf)

Step 2. Public Input Meeting

The City hosted a public input meeting about short-term rentals on September 30, 2019. Click here to view the notes from the public input meeting.

Step 3. Focus Group  Meeting 2

On January 15, 2020, the City hosted a second focus group meeting to review and comment on the first draft code for short-term rentals. Click here to view the notes from the second focus group meeting

Step 4. Planning Commission Meeting(s)

The draft code for short-term rentals was approved in February of 2020 by the Planning Commission. Staff presented a recommended code change along with alternatives. There were several members of the public at the meeting and a variety of perspectives were shared about how the city should handle short-term rentals. The recommended code amendments can be viewed here.

Next Step:   City Council Meeting(s)

A presentation of the draft code was presented to the City Council for their consideration and potential adoption on December 1, 2020. The Council moved to table the item until the January 5, 2021 Council meeting. This meeting will allow for public comment and staff will present amendments to the proposed ordinance based on feedback from Council and members of the public. For information about how to watch or participate in virtual City Council meetings, click here.

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