Owners of Franklin County properties who want to use them for short-term rentals such as Airbnb will soon need to register those properties with the county and pay an annual $200 fee.
The Franklin County Board of Supervisors authorized the registry Tuesday in a 6-0 vote, with Boone Supervisor Ronnie Thompson not present.
“The county will be putting out some information soon on how citizens can register,” Director of Planning Steve Sandy said. Properties with short term rentals must be registered by July 1.
Staff intend to create web pages so that registration can be done online. “We want to make it easy as possible,” Sandy said.
A key piece in the county’s efforts to tighten regulations on short term rentals, the registry will allow county officials to conduct an annual safety inspection.
With Tuesday’s vote, supervisors also enhanced