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Summary of Homestay Rules

General Homestay Permit Requirements* Homestay Permit Process
• Must be primary residence
• Maximum of 2 bedrooms for rent
• Cannot be away overnight when hosting guests
• Co-hosts must be listed on permit and home must also be their primary residence
• Homestays in ADUs are prohibited
• Stays limited to 30 days
• Must pay sales and occupancy taxes
• Must have liability insurance
• Cannot have a full “kitchen”  in short, sink and refrigerator size restrictions, and no stove

See 8 U.D.O. Sec. 7-16-1 (b) (9) Homestays for the full ordinance
❑ Permit application
• Floor plan of Homestay space
• Two documents establishing proof of residency
• Smoke detector
• Emergency egress
• $208 fee
❑ Inspection conducted by city inspector
❑ Annual renewal (re-inspection + $208 fee)
❑ Post permit on Short-Term/Vacation Rental platform
❑ $500/ day fine for non-compliance
❑ Permits are “transferable”
*This information is good as of August 25, 2021. No guarantees are made regarding interpretations of the ordinance by city employees, and any such official interpretation of the rules are the sole responsibility of the city. Please be sure to check with the city before determining whether you qualify for a homestay. The best person to contact is Chris Collins, Development Services Department, ccollins@ashevillenc.gov

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