An ordinance that would restrict the operations of short-term rentals—homes rented out temporarily using services such as Airbnb and Vrbo—will be subject to a future public hearing after Grapevine City Council voted to move forward.

Council unanimously approved a resolution to call for a public hearing on a short-term rental ordinance during the Dec. 19 joint session with the planning and zoning commission.

What you need to know

The public hearing has been called to allow council to consider amending four sections of the city’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, which would allow for the restriction of short-term rentals. The changes are aimed at fixing identified issues with short-term rentals, such as noise complaints and parking.

If adopted, the new regulations would limit short-term rentals to multifamily complexes with more than 50 units, require individuals with a short-term rental to hold a permit with the city, and stipulate that property can only be used as a short-term rental for a maximum of 180 days per year. The application fee for a short-term would be $500, per the ordinance, and be valid for one year.

In the event a permit was revoked, an applicant would be unable to apply for another short-term rental permit for two years. Violations of the short-term rental permit could result in a fine of $2,000.

The context

Council and the city’s planning and zoning commission held a special joint work session Nov. 27 to discuss the proposed short-term rental ordinance.

According to city documents, short-term rentals have been operated in the city since 2017, but not as a permitted use within any district. Director of Planning Services Erica Marohnic said a permitting program would balance the rights of all stakeholders by allowing short-term rentals in limited locations and circumstances.

What’s next?

Council will hold the required public hearing and consider adoption of an ordinance regulating short-term rentals in 2024.