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Utah’s short-term rental market has grown rapidly in recent years, making it a popular destination for travelers and a lucrative industry for property owners. “In 2021 [alone], Utah welcomed over 11 million visitors, with four of Utah’s five major national parks – smashing previous visitation records”. 

This tourism growth has prompted local governments across the state to consider if and how they work with short-term rental owners and managers to provide trustworthy renting in their communities and  neighborhoods. 

Short-Term Rentals Defined

In Utah, a short-term rental is defined as any residential property or portion of a property that is rented for less than 30 consecutive days. The short term rental business industry has become increasingly popular in recent years, offering travelers an alternative to traditional hotel stays, and homeowners with supplementary income. 

Regulation of Short-Term Rentals In Utah

The growth of the short-term rental industry in Utah has raised several concerns for local communities over recent years.  No different from anywhere else in the United States, local residents, elected and appointed officials concerned over the potential for increased noise, traffic, parking issues, general safety and security, and driving up the cost of homes in an already competitive and costly housing market.

The regulation of short-term rentals in Utah is a complex issue that varies by local jurisdiction. Some cities, such as Salt Lake City, have implemented rules to manage the growth of short-term rentals, while others have taken a more hands-off approach by prohibiting them entirely.

Keep In Mind During Local Discussions:

Utah’s short-term rental market has seen nearly a 27% increase between the years 2019 and 2021, and a 38% increase in the span of the years 2018-2021, according to an article published by the  Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.

The state’s stunning natural scenery and outdoor recreation opportunities make it a prime location for short-term rentals.  For example, Utah is home to several world-renowned ski resorts, including Park City, Alta, and Snowbird, and many short-term rentals in the state are located near these ski areas. This makes Utah an ideal destination particularly for winter sports enthusiasts and families looking for a ski vacation.

Don’t forget, Utah is also rich in cultural attractions, including museums, theaters, and historic sites, such as the Temple Square in Salt Lake City and the Sundance Film Festival in Park City. 

If Attendance Has Tripled Since Your Last Public Meeting…

Then you might need some professional advice to figure out if short term rentals are a good fit for your community.

Call Rural Community Consultants today to get expert planning and ordinance advice to make your community the best it can be. 

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Check out our online training modules! Note: Rural Community Consultants is able to provide access to specific training modules free of charge, courtesy of the Utah Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman.

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