KLAMATH FALLS, OR – October 18, 2023. Every Short-Term Rental Inside City Limits Requires a Short-Term Rental Permit – Please see the Below for Details.
The Klamath Falls City Council recently approved standards for licensing and operating Short-Term Rentals (STRs) within City limits. STRs are commonly known as vacation rentals and may be referred to by their online booking company names, such as Airbnb and Vrbo. STRs are dwelling units or portions thereof that are rented for less than 30 consecutive days. Any dwellings rented for more than 30 consecutive days are excluded from these requirements.
The City of Klamath Falls, like many Oregon communities, has experienced rapid STR growth in recent years with the majority of STRs operating in low-density residential neighborhoods. The City has strived to create local standards that allow for diverse visitor accommodation types while also considering neighborhood impacts and overall community housing availability.
Per the approved standards, all properties utilized as STRs must have a Short-Term Rental Permit and maintain an active City Business License. An extended compliance date of September 30, 2024, has been enacted. The Short-Term Rental Permit application packet can be found here on the City’s website.
The total first year City fee is $200 (Short-Term Rental Permit and Business License applications) with a $50 City fee annually thereafter (Business License renewal). Any questions related to the permit application or approved STR standards can be directed to the City Planning Division by phone, (541) 883-4950, by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or in-person at 226 S 5th Street. If applicants require assistance completing the permit application, city staff is available for guidance. The complete listing of STR standards can be found within Sections 12.700 to 12.745 of the Klamath Falls Community Development Ordinance (CDO), Article 18.5 Short-Term Rentals Article 18.5. Short-Term Rentals
City staff will monitor the implementation of Short-Term Rental Permit licensing and continuing STR community impacts. Recommendations for local standard modifications will be made to the Klamath Falls Planning Commission and City Council as necessary. The City of Klamath Falls would like to thank all those who provided their time and input in helping to craft balanced local STR standards.