Frisco owners must now apply for a permit and pay a fee for short-term rentals, such as Airbnbs

Short-term rental owners in Frisco – such as those who rent space through Airbnb or Vrbo – will now need to apply for a permit and pay an annual fee of $ 300.

Frisco city council approved the ordinance on August 17 after discussing the possibility during a city council working session in May. A total of 25 short-term rentals were reported to the Frisco Police Department for several reasons – including parking violations, drug-related activity, noise complaints, harassment, and domestic disturbances – between January 1 2019 and April 30, 2021.

City officials estimated that Frisco had 288 short-term rental properties as of December 2020, according to a memorandum from the city.

The new ordinance would better regulate short-term rental operations and reaffirm that city rules and ordinances apply to all properties, council member John Keating told council. These orders include restrictions on noise.

“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.

The new ordinance would prohibit landlords from renting to guests under the age of 21 and would require short-term rental landlords to provide guests with a brochure containing the following information:

  • Name of owner, operator or agent
  • A 24-hour contact phone number
  • Parking restrictions and garbage collection schedules
  • Quiet hours and noise restrictions
  • Emergency and non-emergency telephone numbers for police, fire and EMS
  • Instructions for Obtaining Weather and Disaster Alerts
  • A floor plan with escape routes

Any short-term rental owner should also maintain working smoke detectors and at least one working Type A fire extinguisher.

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