News Flash • Short-Term Lodging Regulation: Details and Feed – City of Port Angeles

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The City announces its project webpage for Short-Term Lodging in Port Angeles. This page is designed to inform and invite community members to participate in the regulatory development process for short-term rental and bed-and-breakfasts operations. As part of this process, residents and stakeholders are encouraged to review the proposed regulatory measures and engage in the online survey, feedback sessions, and public hearings scheduled for Winter 2023-2024.

Project Background

For nearly three years, the City of Port Angeles has been working to review and update its Municipal Code. In 2020, the City contracted with Madrona Law Group to examine the entirety of the code, ensuring its compliance with state and federal law, eliminating outdated provisions, and adding new provisions that increase the health, safety and welfare of our residents.

As part of this process, a community survey conducted in 2021 yielded feedback on several critical issues. The regulation of short-term rentals was included, and 55% of respondents felt that some regulation of short-term rentals was necessary.

Moving forward, the City is proposing robust platform-based regulations for short-term rentals and bed-and-breakfast operations, including a proposed fee structure and licensing program. The initial draft is drawn from jurisdictional best practices across the state including the cities of Bellingham, Gig Harbor, Port Townsend, Seattle and Walla Walla, as well as feedback received from dozens of public comments over the past six months. Proposed municipal code revisions under consideration include:

Upcoming Public Engagement Opportunities 

Your input can help to shape the development of the City’s short-term lodging regulations. We encourage residents and stakeholders to review the details of this project and engage in the online survey, feedback sessions, and public hearings listed below. 

Online Community Survey

Drop-In Feedback Session at the Port Angeles Winter Ice Village

  • Thursday, December 28th from 4pm to 7pm 
  • 121 W Front Street 

Drop-In Feedback Session at the Port Angeles Farmers Market

  • Saturday, January 6th from 10am to 2pm
  • 125 E Front Street   

Drop-In Feedback Session at the Port Angeles Senior & Community Center 

  • Thursday, January 11th from 4pm to 7pm
  • 328 E 7th Street 

Planning Commission Public Hearing (Hybrid Meeting – Virtual or In Person Participation)  

  • Wednesday, January 24th at 6pm  
  • City Hall Council Chambers, 321 E 5th Street 

City Council Public Hearing (Hybrid Meeting – Virtual or In Person Participation) 

  • Tuesday, February 20th at 6pm  
  • City Hall Council Chambers, 321 E 5th Street 

Please explore the City website to learn more about this project, including the history of short-term rentals in Port Angeles, and review proposed regulatory measures for short-term lodging moving forward.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Department of Community & Economic Development by phone at (360) 317-4750 or via email at [email protected]

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