Sort of in the zone

“Development Services Department” is responsible for zoning in the city, and I definitely was not expecting a letter from them. This is the opening:

This notice is to inform you that [name of couple] has filed an application with the Oklahoma City Board of Adjustment for a Special Exception to permit Lodging Accommodations: Home Sharing without the host living on site. The Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing on August 1, 2019 July 18, 2019 to consider the request.

There are, according to the Municipal Code, some sixty-eight sets of circumstances for which a Special Exception may be sought. This is the one in question:

A. The rental of the entire home or bedroom(s) may not exceed 30 consecutive days per renter/guest.

B. The host shall be required to comply with any applicable building or fire codes adopted by the City, including but not limited to working smoke detectors, a carbon monoxide detector and a functioning fire extinguisher.

C. The host must obtain a home sharing license.

D. All applicable fees and taxes must be collected and paid.

E. A special exception must be obtained for home sharing where the property:
(1) is not the primary residence of the host; or
(2) is located within the boundaries of a Historic Preservation District, in which case the property shall be the host’s primary residence and occupied by the host at the time of the rental.

Provided, a special exception shall not be required for any property at which, prior to January 15, 2019, lodging accommodations in a dwelling or room(s) in a dwelling were provided for rent for a temporary period of time not exceeding 30 consecutive days per guest and for which a home sharing license has been granted by the Supervisor of Licenses pursuant to Section 13-510 of this Code.

F. A special exception pursuant to Subsection E of this section may be granted for a maximum period of ten years. When the time period expires, if the applicant desires to continue the use, the applicant shall file a new application for a special exception and have the case reviewed by the Board of Adjustment.

These things I know: the house in question is about the same size as mine, and the couple in question bought it last fall for $145,000. This is about forty grand more than anyone has ever paid for a house on that particular block.

So I’m guessing, inasmuch as this story hasn’t hit Nextdoor yet, that they want to get some of that coin back, and they’re going the Airbnb route, in which case I see no reason to object.

Update: The date has changed — two weeks sooner.


  1. fillyjonk »

    2 July 2019 · 2:36 pm

    The fact that they’re living on-site, apparently, makes it a little better in my mind. I know rental houses =/= Air BnB, but I’ve had some bad experience with either the rapid turnover of neighbors, or getting a crew of really BAD neighbors in a rental house next to me. (Though I suppose the worse thing than bad renters would be a bad *owner*)

    I have a small house and I cannot imagine the idea of renting out a portion of it to strangers while I was living there, but then again people have different desires in re: privacy.

  2. CGHill »

    2 July 2019 · 6:01 pm

    The permit is required, apparently, because the host isn’t going to live on site and the rental period is too brief.

    About 50-50 on my block between owners and renters.

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