LU 18-0034: Short-Term Rentals

The Planning Commission conducted a year-long process to review options for regulating short-term rentals, gathering public input and conducting public sessions and hearings. A chronology of this effort is provided below.


Project Updates: 


New Licensing Requirements go into effect August 15

On July 16, Lake Oswego City Council enacted Ordinance 2815. This ordinance allows short-term rentals (rentals of less than 31 days) on certain residential properties, subject to the City’s home occupation/home business licensing requirements. Residents may apply for a license to operate a short-term rental beginning on August 15 when the ordinance goes into effect.

  • Short-term rentals are limited to properties containing a detached single-family house and may be located within the house or in an approved accessory dwelling unit on the same lot.
  • The property owner must make their primary residence on the same property that is licensed for short-term rental use, but they need not be present during rentals.
  • Residents wanting to operate a short-term rental must obtain a business license from the City and certify that they agree to comply with the ordinance’s requirements.

More information, including instructions on how to apply for a short-term rental business license, will be available at the following address on or before August 15:



On July 16, 2019, the City Council enacted Ordinance 2815.  Read the City Council Notice of Final Decision. View Ordinance 2815



On June 4, 2019, the City Council gave tentative approval to Ordinance 2815, which would allow short-term rentals of less than 31 days (STRs) subject to standards. The Council is scheduled to make a final decision on July 16. If the ordinance is approved, it would go into effect 30 days later. STR operators would be required to obtain a city business license and comply with the standards contained in the ordinance.



At its meeting on Monday, May 13th, the Planning Commission adopted the Findings, Conclusions and Order (final recommendation).  A link to the adopted Findings is available in the "Public Records" file.

The City Council public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, 2019; public testimony will be accepted. For more information regarding the Council's agenda and schedule, please contact Anne-Marie Simpson, City Recorder, (503) 534-4225 or email.

View the City Council public hearing documents.



On April 22, the Planning Commission held a public hearing and heard testimony from 14 citizens. The hearing is now closed to public testimony, and the Commission is scheduled to make a final decision and adopt its findings on May 13. The City Council will then hold its own hearing, which is tentatively scheduled for June 4.

View the Planning Commission notice of public hearing and staff report (including exhibits).
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On Monday, April 22, 2019, the Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing to consider amendments to the Community Development Code that would allow Short-Term Rentals (STRs) following a “Social Model,” or home-sharing, in conjunction with a residential use, akin to Home Occupation, where residents host visitors in their homes for a fee. The City also proposes to allow exceptions to certain Home Occupation regulations for STRs with Conditional Use Permit approval following a public hearing.  The amendments also delete “Bed & Breakfast” from Table 50.06.002-3.

The Planning Commission Notice of Public Hearing and Staff Report (including exhibits), are now available.
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Work Session #6

On Monday, February 25, the Planning Commission will review a preliminary draft of code amendments for Short-Term Rental (STR) regulations and provide input prior to the proposal being presented in a public hearing.

Staff Memo (2/19/19)

Citizen Comments

Visit the meeting webpage.



Work Session #5

On Monday, February 11, the Planning Commission will review concepts for Short-Term Rental (STR) regulations and provide input to staff on drafting code amendments.

Staff Memo, 01/31/19

Additional Citizen Comments

Visit the meeting webpage and view the video.

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On January 15, the City Council decided by a vote of 4:3 to have the Planning Commission continue with the process of developing regulations that would allow short-term rentals in residential areas subject to appropriate standards. The Council asked that the Commission forward its recommendation to them by June 2019.  The Commission is anticipated to resume work on this topic at their meeting scheduled for February 11.



Work Session #4

On Wednesday, November 14, the Planning Commission will review short-term rental (STR) survey results, research on other jurisdictions' STR regulations, and provide direction to staff on drafting amendments.

Staff Memo, 11/02/18 (with attachments, does not include Attachment C)
Attachment C - STR Survey Results
Additional Citizen Comments

Visit the meeting webpage and view the video.



City Council Study Session

The city’s review of regulations for short-term rentals is on hold pending City Council input on work completed to date. The City Council Study Session originally scheduled for December 4th was postponed and has been rescheduled to January 15, 2019.

Staff Memo, 11/20/18 (with attachments)

Visit the meeting webpage for January 15 and view the video.  See agenda Item 9.2



Short-Term Rental (STR) Survey: Sept 4 – Sept 30, 2018 **The survey is closed**

Why are we considering the issue?

Short-term rentals of dwellings (rentals of fewer than 31 days) are currently prohibited in Lake Oswego’s residential zones; however, there are currently a number of non-compliant STRs in the City.  In April 2018, the City Council directed the Planning Commission to recommend development code changes that would regulate Short Term Rentals (STRs) if the City were to allow them in residential zones.  The Commission’s work will include developing regulations and licensing requirements to address potential impacts of STRs on residential areas and code enforcement needs.

What is the purpose of the survey?

The purpose of this survey is to understand Lake Oswego residents’ opinions regarding STRs: what concerns may arise if STRs are allowed, and what opportunities might be lost if STRs continue to be prohibited.  This brief survey (15 questions) is intended to help in the preparation of a draft ordinance for public review and a hearing with the Planning Commission in late 2018 or early 2019. 



The Short Term Rental (STR) survey is now closed.  Staff is analyzing the results and will present them to the Planning Commission at Work Session #4 on November 14, 2018.​



Work Session #3

On August 13, the Commission will review issues relating to parking, privacy and enforcement for Short-Term Rentals, and provide direction to staff on work plan and amendments.

Staff Memo, 08/07/18 (with attachments)

Visit the meeting webpage and view the video.



Work Session #2

The Planning Commission will hold its second work session on this topic July 23, at 6:30 pm, in the Council Chamber. At this meeting the Commission will review and provide input on various issues relating to potential Short-Term Rental (STR) Regulations, including current Compliance Issues, Impact on Affordable Housing, Signage, relationship to Home Occupations, and Legislative History of Transient Lodging.  (Note: It is not necessary to sign up in advance in order to provide oral comments.)

Staff Memo, 07/11/18 (with attachments)

Visit the Planning Commission meeting webpage and view the video.



Work Session #1

The Planning Commission will hold its first work session on this topic June 25, at 6:30 pm, in the Council Chamber. At this meeting the Commission will review a work program, including goals, objectives, schedule, and public outreach plan, for this project.  If you would like to participate in the June 25 work session you must sign up in advance; please contact Leslie Hamilton, Senior Planner, at, 503-675-3731, to have your name added to an interested parties/speakers list.  There will be additional opportunities for public input during the summer, and into the fall when public hearings are expected to begin.

If you prefer, you can view the Planning Commission Staff Memo and Attachments combined.

Visit the Planning Commission meeting webpage for June 25, 2018.

Project Details
LU 18-0034
City of Lake Oswego (A)
Project Contact: 

Scot Siegel, Director of Planning and Building Services, (503) 699-7474 or e-mail.

Reviewing Body: 
Hearing Date: 
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Related Meetings

May 13 2019 - 6:30pm

Apr 22 2019 - 6:30pm

Feb 25 2019 - 6:30pm

Feb 11 2019 - 6:30pm

Nov 14 2018 - 6:30pm

Aug 13 2018 - 6:30pm