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Posted on: November 4, 2016

Short-Term Rental Ordinance Adopted

On October 26, 2016, the West Lake Hills City Council approved a new Short-Term Rental (STR) ordinance. The new ordinance allows Short-Term Rentals in the City of West Lake Hills for residents who apply for special use permits to use their homestead residence or another residence within the City as a Short-Term Rental.  The ordinance regulates advertising, imposes requirements for receiving a permit, sets occupancy limits, and creates a process for denying or revoking a permit.  The ordinance also emphasizes the responsibilities of the STR owner and STR guests to follow current city ordinances related to issues such as noise, trash, and parking.  The ordinance will take effect on January 26, 2016.  The City wanted to give homeowners ample time to file their STR applications before enforcement began, so the effective date of the ordinance was made to be 90 days after adoption of the ordinance.  After this date, the Code Enforcement Department and Planning Department will begin enforcement under the ordinance. 

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