Clark County Offers Resources to Help Understand Ordinance on Short-Term Rentals

The Board of Clark County Commissioners yesterday voted to approve an ordinance to reflect the requirement by the Nevada Legislature that short-term rentals currently operating illegally be regulated as licensed businesses in unincorporated Clark County.

Assembly Bill 363 (AB 363) was passed by the Nevada Legislature in 2021 and required that Clark County establish to adopt an ordinance regulating short-term rentals and accommodation facilitators. AB 363 required and set the baseline for several components of a county ordinance including distance requirements between homes, fees, and penalties. Counties are permitted to make these requirements more stringent but could not make them less. The approved ordinance is here.

Clark County researched ordinances currently in place across the country which regulate short-term rentals and focused on areas like Clark County with high volumes of tourism such as New Orleans, Long Beach, Maui, Fort Lauderdale, Honolulu, Palm Desert, Breckenridge, San Francisco, San Diego, and Seattle.

“Clark County has spent the better part of the last six months working to not only understand and engage around the requirement to us by the Nevada Legislature to regulate and license short-term rentals as commercial businesses, but also to understand what our community wants and the impact this will have on neighborhoods across unincorporated Clark County,” said Jim Gibson, Chair of the Clark County Commission. “Through our work, we engaged our residents directly and over half, 55.2%, told us that they view short-term rentals in their neighborhoods negatively and an even larger percentage, well over 70%, felt that the County should go farther in limiting the number of guests who can be in a rental in addition to other things. The ordinance we have put forward and agreed to strikes the right balance between what we are required to do and what our community has asked of us while also permitting those who rely on short-term rentals for income to be able to do this legally and safely.”

The link to the complete survey results can be found here. As Clark County continues to move through the process to establish short-term rentals as commercial businesses, more information will be available to the public. Through all of this, Clark County has sought the collaboration of all stakeholders on how to best meet the requirements of the legislation and the needs of the community, including the hosting platforms and Expedia has meaningfully engaged in this process.

To ensure the community remains as informed as possible on Clark County’s efforts to license short-term rentals as commercial businesses, an FAQ has been developed. This FAQ will continue to be updated to reflect questions from the community and the licensing process as it moves forward.

All questions related to short-term rentals can be directed to STRComment@clarkcountynv.gov.

All resources for the public are available on Clark County’s website at https://www.clarkcountynv.gov/government/departments/administrative_services/intergovernmental_relations/short_term_rentals.php.

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Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.