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Posted on: October 17, 2019

Vacation rental regulations go into effect Oct. 21

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An ordinance regulating the operation of short-term vacation rentals, such as AirBNBs, within the City of Broken Arrow goes into effect Oct. 21.  

The regulations were approved by the City Council in August and established three types of short-term rentals: 

  • Type 1 (Owner-occupied): Allows up to two bedrooms in a home to be rented out and the owner must also reside in the home. 
  • Type 2: Requires a Specific Use Permit from the City. Allows up to four guest bedrooms to be rented.
  • Type 3 (Bed and breakfast): Also requires a Specific Use Permit from the City. Allows up to eight rooms to be rented, but hotel/motel tax must be collected and remitted to the City.

No signage indicating short-term rentals is allowed for Types 1 and 2, and all must meet guidelines for off-street parking.  

The Specific Use Permit for Types 2 and 3 allows the City to have oversight regarding life safety on these residences. Building inspectors and the fire marshal would ensure the property is up-to-code as part of the approval process.  

While the base fee for the Specific Use Permit is currently set at $350, the actual cost of the permit would vary based on the number of residences within a 300-foot radius of the property that would need to be notified. The City estimates the total cost would average about $1,000. 

Before this ordinance was adopted, no type of vacation rental was permitted under Broken Arrow ordinances. The City Council plans to review the ordinance next summer to ensure it is functioning as intended.

Click here to read the ordinance.

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