NOVEMBER 1, 2018
- Gregory Snow October 22, 2018
- Approved as submitted by Patrick Dowling, Public Information Officer, City of North Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach has passed an ordinance defining short-term rentals and sleeping areas.
The primary reason for creating these definitions is for the city to have a tool for more effectively managing weekly rentals. There have been instances of residential homes being equipped with sleeper sofas in media rooms, game rooms, living rooms, and other non-bedrooms, often resulting in even smaller homes being rented to 25-30 people, with corresponding parking deficits.
For example, my 3-bedroom house could easily support 8 sleeping areas. I could provide 2 parking spaces in my garage, 4 stacked tightly in my driveway, and 2 on the street. If one sleeping area can support two occupants, then I could rent my residence to about 16 people every weekend. This is the “fraternity central” experience NMB is trying to protect its residential districts from.
Accommodation tax has not changed and continues to be due as before, but now “Short-Term Rental” can be used in the definition of what requires payment of accommodation taxes. The city has some hopes this will help in the prevention of accommodation tax evasion.
As of yet, the city has made no use of these definitions but is considering how to apply them in the Ordinances.
The thoughts discussed at a recent city workshop were:
The city anticipates using the zoning ordinance with these new definitions to better manage short-term rental activity in the residential districts. Barefoot Resort is zoned PDD so we are afforded the flexibility of using the PDD approval process to define our own property uses. Barefoot could choose to implement new policies based on these definitions, but otherwise Barefoot land use restrictions will remain unchanged.
The primary impact to Barefoot Properties may be a future requirement to specify the number of sleeping areas on the rental property listings and provide a rental contact (name and cell number) to the city.