The start time of the Greensboro City Council work session on Thursday, Jan. 26 has been postponed from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Boom Supersonic is making a major announcement at the Piedmont Triad International Airport at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26.  Both North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and President Pro Tem of the state Senate Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) are expected to attend along with Mayor Nancy Vaughan and members of the Greensboro City Council.

According to the agenda for the work session that will be held in the Plaza Level Conference Room at city hall, one of the items to be discussed is a proposed ordinance to regulate short term rentals through services such as Airbnb and Vrbo.  The city currently has no ordinances that regulate this type of short term rental and is regulating them under the broader category of “Tourist Homes (Bed and Breakfasts).”

The city has received a number of complaints about short term rentals mainly related to the introduction or expansion of commercial activity, renting rooms in established residential areas and allowing a greater number of persons to reside in a single-family dwelling than would typically be allowed.

There is currently no database of short term rental properties in Greensboro, but research indicates that Airbnb listed 490 short term rental sites in Greensboro in 2019. The total annual earnings on all short term rentals in Greensboro was estimated to be about $2.8 million.

Since the summer of 2021, a short term rental working group convened by Vaughan has been developing a framework for regulating short term rentals.

The City Council will consider requiring a zoning permit for residences operating as short term rentals with an annual fee to offset the cost of implementing and monitoring the business.

The proposed ordinance would also prohibit parties from being held in short term rental units.  The proposed regulation states “gatherings that are publicly announced or promoted (through any means) and involve more than 2 times number of people allowed with the rental are prohibited.”

However, short term rentals would be allowed in any zoning district that allows residential dwelling units.