Vacation/short-term rental ordinance adopted

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Peoria City Council recently adopted a vacation/short-term rental (STR) ordinance that requires rental property owners to apply for and obtain a free permit with the city of Peoria and comply with neighbor notification and health and safety requirements.

The ordinance requires short-term rental property owners to apply for a free permit and comply with health, safety and notification requirements.

“Putting important safeguards in place provides a path for short-term rentals to thrive while preserving the quiet enjoyment of our homes and security of our neighborhoods,” Mayor Cathy Carlat said.

The ordinance aligns with Arizona Senate Bill 1168 and outlines the following provisions, which property owners must comply with to receive and maintain an active STR rental permit.

• Neighborhood notification: Property owners will be required to notify surrounding neighbors of the short-term rental offering. Part of this notification includes emergency contact information for residents to utilize if necessary.

• Background checks and insurance: If not already provided by an online marketplace (i.e., Vrbo or Airbnb), STR property owners will be required to conduct sex offender background checks on booking guests and carry liability insurance of at least $500,000.

• City permit posting: STR property owners will be required to display city registration number on all advertisements.

• Civil penalties: Fines may be assessed for violating any state law or local ordinance.

• Permit suspension: A STR permit can be suspended for up to 12 months if there are three verified violations within a rolling 12-month period or a single serious infraction.

STR property owners and residents are encouraged to learn more about Peoria’s new ordinance, the locations of registered STRs in Peoria, whom to contact in case there is a concern or question about a STR, and to review frequently asked questions.

For more information or to request a permit, visit peoriaaz.gov/rentals. Interested parties may also get information by contacting Peoria’s Code Compliance Division at 623-773-7162 or email codecompliance@

peoriaaz.gov.