The Loudoun County government has begun work to put increased regulation on short-term residential rentals such as Airbnb, and is now seeking input from the public.
The county has begun research on issues involved with short-term residential rentals including taxation, zoning, and public safety, and is working toward a county-wide registry of those properties. Staff members said the purpose of the work is to collect and evaluate relevant information from the community that the Board of Supervisors will consider for possible future ordinances and ordinance amendments.
To that end, the county has published an online survey to gather opinions and comments. The survey is open until Jan. 4. at loudoun.gov/ShortTermRentals.
The county’s short-term residential rental work is expected to span serveral months. A new webpage about the county’s evaluation provides background information about the project and a detailed work plan approved by the board. The webpage will be updated as the initiative moves forward to keep the public informed.
After the General Assembly passed legislation earlier this year allowing localities to establish registries for short-term residential rentals, the county formed a committee comprised of county staff members and representatives of Visit Loudoun. The county is also participating in a regional workgroup that includes other Northern Virginia localities and is reviewing the issues related to short-term residential rentals.
The Board of Supervisors is expected to consider the topic of short-term residential rentals again in early 2018.