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Short Term Rental municipal code amendment

The City is setting new rules for Short Term Rentals
It is proposed to amend the Bozeman Municipal Code to address short term rentals. The amendment will create and repeal definitions, establish where short term rentals are allowed, establish what standards apply to short term rentals, and the review process for approval of short term rentals. Three different types of short term rentals will be authorized.
In general, a short term rental is a vacation home; dwelling as defined in 38.42.940; accessory dwelling unit; or room within a vacation home or dwelling, rented by or on behalf of the owner to the general public for compensation for periods of less than 30 consecutive days.  
Specific revisions with this text amendment are:
Revise the definition of home occupation for business licensing purposes in Section 12.01.010.A.4 to have the same usage and meaning as defined in Section 38.42.1380 of the zoning standards.
To create an exception in Section 12.04.040 Business Licensing Exceptions from a requirement for a business license to operate a short term rental.
Revise Table 38.08.020 authorized uses in residential districts to remove extended stay lodgings and authorize short term rentals. Review procedures differ for the three different types of short term rentals.
Revise Tables 38.09.020, 38.10.020, and 38.11.020 to remove reference to extended stay lodging and insert short term rentals with no change to associated review process.
Revise definitions Section 38.42.390, Bed and Breakfast, Section 38.42.940, Dwelling, and 38.42.1410, Hotel or Motel.
Delete the definition Section 38.42.1040 Extended Stay Lodging.
Create new standards and review procedures for short term rentals to be included in new Section 38.22.250, BMC.
Additional sections may be amended if it is determined to be needed during the course of review.
These amendments apply to all residentially zoned property designated as RS, Residential Suburban District; R-1, Residential Single-Household Low Density District; R-2, Residential Two-Household Medium Density District;  R-3, Residential Medium Density District; R-4 Residential High Density District; R-5, Residential Mixed-Use High Density District; R-O, Residential-Office District; RMH, Residential Manufactured Home Community District; REMU, Residential Emphasis Mixed-use District; and NEHMU Northeast Historic Mixed-Use District. The amendments also apply to non-residential districts BP, Business Park; B-2 Community Business District; B-2M, Community Business District – Mixed; B-3, Central Business District; and UMU, Urban Mixed Use District. The location of these districts is depicted on the City of Bozeman zoning map. The zoning map may be seen at the Community Development Department, 20 E. Olive Street, Bozeman or through the mapping feature of the City’s website,
The wording of the draft ordinance may be revised during the text amendment review process. Revisions may affect any part of the proposed definitions, standards, or review procedures.
The purpose of the public hearings is to consider the application as requested by the City of Bozeman, 121 N. Rouse Avenue, PO Box 1230, Bozeman, MT 59771.
The Bozeman Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing on the proposal Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in the City Commission Room, City Hall, 121 N. Rouse Avenue, Bozeman MT at 6:00 pm.
The Bozeman City Commission will conduct a public hearing on the proposal Monday, May 8, 2017 in the City Commission Room, City Hall, 121 N. Rouse Avenue, Bozeman MT at 6:00 pm.
The complete text of all the proposed changes is available through the Department of Community Development, 20 E Olive Street, Bozeman MT 59715.  Questions may be directed to Chris Saunders at or 582-2260. 
The City invites the public to comment in writing and to attend the public hearings. Written comments may be directed to the City of Bozeman, Department of Community Development, P.O. Box 1230, Bozeman, MT 59771-1230 or  
Please reference Short Term Rental Bozeman Municipal Code Amendment, Application No. 17185 in all correspondence. For those who require accommodations for disabilities, please contact Mike Gray, City of Bozeman ADA Coordinator, 582-3207 (voice), 582-3203 (TDD).

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Chuck Winn
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