Red Bank passes two or­di­nances

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - REGIONAL NEWS - BY EMILY CRISMAN STAFF WRITER

Red Bank city com­mis­sion­ers passed two or­di­nances re­lat­ing to short-term rentals by a 4-0 vote at their July 3 meet­ing. Com­mis­sioner Ed LeCompte was not present.

The or­di­nances were ex­pected to pass on the fi­nal vote sched­uled for the com­mis­sion’s July 17 meet­ing.

One of the or­di­nances es­tab­lishes reg­u­la­tions for short-term rentals, in­clud­ing per­mit­ting and in­spec­tion re­quire­ments. It re­quires own­ers to file an ap­pli­ca­tion for a per­mit that must be re­newed an­nu­ally. The per­mit would not au­to­mat­i­cally trans­fer to a new owner if the prop­erty is sold, City At­tor­ney Arnold Stulce said.

The or­di­nance also re­quires short-term ren­tal units to have func­tional smoke de­tec­tors and to com­ply with all ap­pli­ca­ble health, safety, hous­ing, build­ing and zon­ing laws.

Other re­stric­tions es­tab­lished through the or­di­nance in­clude lim­it­ing the num­ber of rooms avail­able for rent to five and lim­it­ing the num­ber of peo­ple per room to two.

The com­pan­ion or­di­nance es­tab­lishes the city’s com­mer­cial zones and R3 and R4 spe­cial res­i­den­tial zones as per­mit­ted zones for short­term rentals.

Mayor John Roberts said there are cer­tain as­pects of the re­cently passed state leg­is­la­tion con­cern­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties’ abil­ity to reg­u­late short-term rentals that the city is still try­ing to re­solve, such as whether it can charge a ho­tel/mo­tel tax.

“This is a process,” he said, adding that if com­mis­sion­ers de­cide any as­pect of its two short-term ren­tal or­di­nances isn’t work­ing, it can al­ways be changed.

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