Commission votes to amend the short term rental ordinance – Richmond Register

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The Richmond City Commission had a second reading and an amendment for an ordinance concerning short term rentals, which creates regulations within the city of Richmond for short term rental properties.

VRBO only has written records on the book with Lexington-Fayette County while Georgetown had to create regulations for both VRBO and Airbnb. Those regulations were passed in March of 2022. Airbnb has written exceptions on the books with Lexington-Fayette County, Louisville-Jefferson County, Oldham County, Woodford County, Northern Kentucky Convention/Visitors Bureau as well as the city of Bowling Green.

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council passed updates to the Code of Ordinances as well as Zoning Ordinances in July of last year to clearly define short term rentals and how those types of businesses will operate.

This issue has also seeped into the minds of those at Madison County Fiscal Court, who are looking into this matter with known issues on Kentucky River Road in the northern portion of the county.

With the city having the second reading of the short term rental ordinance, many eyes were trained on Richmond’s city commission meeting. The city would be the first municipality in Madison County to have regulations on the books.

It was a recommendation from city manager Rob Minerich that the city amends the ordinance to strike the $50 annual fee from the ordinance.

“We feel like [the fee] is kind of a duplication of the $50 fee for the business license,” Minerich said.

Commissioner Tammy Cole said she’s grateful for those who want to offer up areas as short term rentals in the city.

“I’m just so grateful that we have people in our community that want to invest in Richmond and to provide units for short term housing,” she said.

Just a reminder that ordinance 24-02 involves the following:

  • Annual permitting of AirBnB and short-term rentals.

  • A regulatory fee they must have a business license and be on the roles paying the transient property taxes.

  • Putting in place numerous safety measures so that they are compliant with all fire codes.

  • Properties having appropriate emergency exits.

  • No more than two people per bedroom.

While this was still a second reading, due to the amending of the ordinance, it will have to come back in front of the commission in the near future.

You can watch the meeting where the commission discusses short term rentals on the city’s YouTube channel. Meetings happen every second and fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Richmond City Commission chamber at City Hall.

Fiscal court also meets every second and fourth Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. alternating between Berea and Richmond. You can find Fiscal Court replays on the county’s Facebook or on their website.

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