Frisco City Council approves ordinance regulating short-term rentals

Frisco City Council has approved an ordinance to regulate short-term rentals, some of which use Airbnb to connect with guests. (Courtesy of Adobe Stock)

Frisco owners looking to rent space for less than 30 days will now need to apply for a permit and pay an annual fee of $ 300.

On August 17, city council members approved the order 5-1. The purpose of the ordinance is to require a licensing and regulatory framework to deal with short-term rental properties, according to the city.

Short-term rentals are accommodations offered for rent for less than 30 calendar days at a time, which can be accessed through online services like Airbnb and Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO). The space for rent could be an entire house or a private bedroom with space shared with other occupants, depending on the city ordinance.

In a May 18 working session, Frisco City Council discussed the potential ordinance and referred to a small number of problematic properties identified by Frisco Police. A total of 25 short-term rentals between January 1, 2019 and April 30, 2021 were solicited for a variety of issues, including noise complaints, domestic disturbances, drug-related activities, harassment, and parking issues. .

Council members said the proposed frameworks deal with both regulation and enforcement. John Keating, who said he owned short-term rental properties outside of Texas, said the proposed settlement was the result of nearly five years of study and described it as a “start.”

“I think here, with what we’re trying to accomplish, this is our first attempt to create guidelines or boundaries, and some clarity,” Keating said. “It helps communicate to everyone that whether you’re a homeowner or a tenant, all of these, all of our municipal rules or municipal ordinances would apply.”

Mayor Pro Tem Bill Woodard cast the only vote against the measure, which argued that such a measure would only serve to correct a small number of problematic properties. Woodard also said Frisco does not implement a licensing process for long-term rentals, which he says are likely more of a problem than short-term rentals.

“I’m not sure if the burden of the licensing process outweighs the fact that it’s just a handful of properties,” said Woodard. “For me, I’m sitting here watching what’s going on, ‘OK, we have the benefit of fixing maybe five or a dozen problematic houses. But I think we have other avenues to try.

Short-term rental permit applications will be processed through the city’s online permit portal.

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