Scottsdale zoning code change to make way for SB 1350

The Scottsdale Planning Commission Wednesday, June 22 moved to initiate a text amendment to the municipal zoning ordinance to revise definitions and use regulations related to short-term rentals or vacation rentals, consistent with Senate Bill 1350.

On May 12, the state of Arizona enacted Senate Bill No. 1350, which states “A city or town may not restrict the use of or regulate vacation rentals or short-term rentals, based on their classification, use or occupancy.”

No zoning regulations can be placed on these uses that are inconsistent with zoning regulations for single-family or multi-family dwelling units; unless the regulation is directly related to public healthy, safety and welfare.

The Scottsdale Zoning Ordinance includes definitions and use regulations that are outdated or obsolete, and may restrict or prohibit short-term or vacation rentals in residential zoning districts.

The definitions anticipated to be affected are as follows:

  • Guest house
  • Guest ranch
  • Hotel
  • Motel
  • Resort
  • Timeshare project
  • Travel accommodations

The Scottsdale Planning Commission consists of seven members appointed by the City Council and serves as an advisory board to the City Council on land use and zoning matters.

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