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Scottsdale City Council seeks input on proposed short-term rental and nuisance party ordinances

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Scottsdale City Council anticipates vote on new ordinances at May public hearing
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Scottsdale City Hall leaders have been working on ordinance changes to address issues related to short term rentals, nuisance parties and unlawful gatherings.

The city seeks public opinion before the proposed changes go to the City Council for approval on May 6.

In 2017, the Arizona Legislature reduced municipal ability to regulate short-term rental properties and only allows regulation related to health and public safety.

The three key changes under consideration are:

  • Adding promoters as a responsible party for nuisance party and unlawful gathering violations. Under the change, promoters who organize nuisance parties or unlawful gatherings can be held accountable along with the property owner or tenant and other responsible persons.
  • Making it unlawful for non-residents to remain on a property after police declare a nuisance party or unlawful gathering. This would allow officers to disperse party attendees more effectively.
  • Prohibiting minors from renting short term rentals.

Scottsdale City Hall officials is looking to hear from residents on the approach before the amendments go to the City Council vote in May.

Fill out the form here: Short-term Rental Feedback.

Along with ordinance changes, the city continues to address issues with short-term rentals, nuisance parties and unlawful gatherings, including increasing code enforcement staff, creating a dedicated police team, updating online resources, and pursuing state legislative changes.

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