Chief Sponsor: Gay Lynn Bennion

Senate Sponsor: ____________


8     General Description:
9          This bill enacts provisions regarding short-term rentals.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     defines terms;
13          ▸     requires municipalities and counties that allow short-term rentals to adopt
14     short-term rental ordinances and regulations;
15          ▸     requires an owner of a short-term rental to obtain a permit to operate the short-term
16     rental; and
17          ▸     establishes safety requirements for short-term rentals.
18     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
19          None
20     Other Special Clauses:
21          None
22     Utah Code Sections Affected:
23     ENACTS:
24          10-9a-537, Utah Code Annotated 1953
25          17-27a-533, Utah Code Annotated 1953
26          57-30-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
27          57-30-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953

28          57-30-202, Utah Code Annotated 1953

30     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
31          Section 1. Section 10-9a-537 is enacted to read:
32          10-9a-537. Short-term rentals.
33          (1) As used in this section, "short-term rental" means the same as that term is defined
34     in Section 57-30-101.
35          (2) A municipality that allows short-term rentals within the municipality shall:
36          (a) adopt ordinances and regulations to promote the public health, public safety, and
37     general welfare of the short-term rental occupants; and
38          (b) issue short-term rental permits in accordance with Title 57, Chapter 30, Short-term
39     Rentals.
40          Section 2. Section 17-27a-533 is enacted to read:
41          17-27a-533. Short-term rentals.
42          (1) A county that allows short-term rentals, as defined in Section 57-30-101, shall
43     adopt ordinances and regulations to promote the public health, public safety, and general
44     welfare of the short-term rental occupants.
45          (2) A county that allows short-term rentals shall:
46          (a) adopt ordinances and regulations, applicable to the unincorporated areas of the
47     county, to promote the public health, public safety, and general welfare of the short-term rental
48     occupants; and
49          (b) issue short-term rental permits in accordance with Title 57, Chapter 30, Short-term
50     Rentals.
51          Section 3. Section 57-30-101 is enacted to read:

Part 1. General Provisions

54          57-30-101. Definitions.
55          As used in this chapter:
56          (1) "Owner" means the individual that has the largest ownership percentage in a
57     residential structure, whether direct ownership or indirect ownership through an entity.
58          (2) (a) "Short-term rental" means any of the following, offered for use as residential

59     lodging, in exchange for compensation, for a period of no more than 29 consecutive days:
60          (i) a single-family residence;
61          (ii) a unit of a multi-family residence that is a:
62          (A) duplex;
63          (B) triplex; or
64          (C) fourplex;
65          (iii) a town home;
66          (iv) a condominium unit;
67          (v) an accessory dwelling unit, as that term is defined in Section 10-9a-103; and
68          (vi) a bedroom, with an egress window, within a structure described in Subsections
69     (2)(a)(i) through (v).
70          (b) "Short-term rental" does not include a:
71          (i) unit within a qualified low-income building, as that term is defined in Section 42(c),
72     Internal Revenue Code;
73          (ii) structure, or space therein, that lacks a certificate of occupancy;
74          (iii) unit within an apartment building;
75          (iv) structure or unit that is sublet;
76          (v) hotel;
77          (vi) motel; or
78          (vii) inn.
79          (3) "Short-term rental permit" means a permit issued to a short-term rental owner for a
80     specific short-term rental.
81          Section 4. Section 57-30-201 is enacted to read:
Part 2. Short-term Rental Operations

83          57-30-201. Permits -- Designated local contact -- Course requirement.
84          (1) (a) A short-term rental may only operate if the owner of the short-term rental has a
85     valid:
86          (i) permit to operate the short-term rental issued by:
87          (A) the municipality in which the short-term rental is located; or
88          (B) if the short-term rental is located in an unincorporated area of a county, the county
89     in which the short-term rental is located; and

90          (ii) sales and use tax license for the short-term rental issued by the State Tax
91     Commission.
92          (b) The owner may obtain a permit under Subsection (1)(a)(i) only if:
93          (i) the owner designates a local contact for the short-term rental;
94          (ii) the owner and the designated local contact complete a short-term rental education
95     course that is:
96          (A) provided by a college, university, or professional organization; and
97          (B) approved by the municipality or county that issues the permit; and
98          (iii) the ordinance requirements for obtaining a permit from the municipality or county
99     are satisfied.
100          (2) (a) A designated local contact under Subsection (1)(b)(i):
101          (i) shall reside within 60 driving miles of the short-term rental; and
102          (ii) may act as the designated local contact for no more than 20 short-term rentals at
103     any given time.
104          (b) A county or municipality may adopt ordinances requiring a designated local contact
105     to:
106          (i) reside closer than 60 driving miles from the short-term rental; or
107          (ii) act as the designated contact for less than 20 short-term rentals at any given time.
108          (c) The owner shall ensure that the name and telephone number of the designated local
109     contact is posted in a conspicuous place within the short-term rental.
110          (3) Any listing or advertisement that offers a short-term rental for reservation or
111     occupancy shall include the owner's short-term rental permit number.
112          Section 5. Section 57-30-202 is enacted to read:
113          57-30-202. Safety requirements -- Limitations.
114          (1) (a) The total number of occupants allowed for a short-term rental is four individuals
115     for a short-term rental described in Subsections 57-30-101(2)(a)(i) through (v), plus two
116     additional individuals for each bedroom within the short-term rental.
117          (b) The total number of occupants allowed under Subsection (1)(a) may not exceed 16
118     individuals.
119          (2) Each short-term rental must have, on each level where occupants are allowed, at
120     least one functioning:

121          (a) smoke detector;
122          (b) carbon monoxide detector; and
123          (c) fire extinguisher.
124          (3) The area within a short-term rental may not:
125          (a) be subdivided into multiple short-term rental units; or
126          (b) accommodate more than one reservation at a time.