After reviewing the FAQs below and current ZOAM draft text you can make Comment(s) in one of the following ways:
- Plan to speak at the December 14 BOS Public Hearing (details here)
- Use the online Citizen Comments page here: Short-term Residential Rentals and Commercial Whole House Rentals Citizen Comments. Scroll down to the “citizen comment box” to make specific, detailed comments.
- Email comments to BOS@loudoun.gov with “CC” to DPZ@loudoun.gov
- You may also want to view the Planning Commission Sept. 8th and Oct. 13th work session discussions (details here)
Frequently Asked Questions
Short Term Rentals ZOAM
|What do organizations and residents need to understand about the Short Term Rentals ZOAM-2018-0001?||Mainly, the zoning ordinance amendment (ZOAM) for Short Term Residential Rentals (STRR) and Commercial Whole House (CWH) Rentals recommends new regulations for all areas of the county.
These type uses are not currently permitted in the county, although per County Staff, zoning complaints for violations are on hold until this ZOAM is implemented.
|Is this part of the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite?||It is a parallel effort with the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite (ZOR) to provide additional focus and community outreach that will be incorporated in ZOR when completed.|
|What’s the difference between “STRR” and “CWH” rentals?||First, what is in common is that they both refer to short-term rentals defined as fewer than 30 consecutive days (i.e., not rental leases longer than 30 days).
STR – Residential Accessory refers to renting a portion of a house or accessory dwelling for less than 30 consecutive days, for no more than 180 days per calendar year. (Compare to Airbnb and VRBO.)
STR – Commercial Whole-house refers to renting a non-owner-occupied single family detached house or accessory dwelling for less than 30 consecutive days, with no days per calendar year restrictions. (Compare to vacation whole-house rentals at the beach, lake, mountains, etc.)
|What regulations are included in the draft text?||The ZOAM helps to define where short-term rentals are allowed, and how they relate to homeowner associations with bylaws.
The ZOAM also defines the quantity of overnight guests, fire safety, parking, restriction on food service, private parties, and special events for the protection of adjacent properties and neighborhoods.
Commercial Whole House also requires a parcel of 5 acres or more to have more than 8 guests and a maximum of 10 guests per parcel per night.
|How can I provide input on this ZOAM for my organization or myself?||The first step is to review County Staff’s status and draft text.
The options for providing your comments include: