Pearland City Council to consider rules for short-term rentals

Pearland City Attorney Darrin Coker and his staff will now be tasked with drafting an ordinance to present to City Council in late January or February. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pearland City Attorney Darrin Coker and his staff will now be tasked with drafting an ordinance to present to City Council in late January or February. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Pearland City Attorney Darrin Coker and his staff will now be tasked with drafting an ordinance to present to City Council in late January or February. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Pearland City Attorney Darrin Coker and his staff will now be tasked with drafting an ordinance to present to City Council in late January or February.
Members of Pearland City Council will consider an ordinance in early 2022 to enforce regulations on short-term rental owners within the city. On Dec. 13, council received recommendations from an ad hoc committee tasked with evaluating regulatory options on short-term rentals.

“Bottom line, [rentals] should be inspected by the city, and it should have the same restrictions as anything that goes on like in a hotel,” Council Member Woody Owens said.

The committee recommended an annual permit that would be renewed and could only be obtained by the property owner. Properties would also have to be inspected by the Pearland Fire Marshal’s office.

There would also be rules short-term rentals would need to follow, including occupancy and parking limitations, no rentals to anyone under 21 years old, and a ban on using the property for a party or entertainment venue.

Council Member Alex Kamkar said he wants the ordinance to have a narrow focus that can be strictly applied. He also voiced safety concerns over some of the committee recommendations, including one that required short-term rentals to submit a sketch of the residence’s floor plans.


Kamkar said making floor plans public record could lead to security issues. Council Member Luke Orlando said he wants the city to have the ability to punish problem-causing short-term rental owners while not adding barriers to those who are operating responsibly.

Pearland City Attorney Darrin Coker and his staff will now be tasked with drafting an ordinance to present to City Council in late January or February, Pearland Mayor Kevin Cole said.
By Andy Yanez

Reporter, Pearland/Friendswood

Andy joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Houston. He started as the South Houston Metro Reporter where he helped each different edition in the South Houston market, from Katy to the Bay area, before transitioning to the Pearland and Friendswood market in August 2021. He covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to arriving at Community Impact, Andy was the sports editor of The Cougar, UH's student newspaper, where he covered the university's athletics beat for two years and covered the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in Indianapolis. Andy has appeared in the Houston Chronicle via an internship in 2020, and freelance work. He can be heard on the Pawd Slama Jama podcast still covering UH athletics.