The City of Seaside requires all owners of Vacation Rental Dwellings (VRDs) to go through a land use application process to use their homes as a short term rental (rentals less than 30 days). Not all homes in Seaside will qualify to be used as a VRD. The policies set by the Seaside Planning Commission, the Seaside City Council, and the Seaside Zoning Ordinance determine the eligibility requirements for properties within the City of Seaside boundary.
VRDs are not supported in certain areas of the city. View this map to see the area where VRDs are currently located.
Currently the City of Seaside does not have a cap on the number of VRDs allowed in the city. The current policies set certain density requirements for spatial distribution depending on the zone where the applicant property is located. Learn more about VRD Spatial Distrubution.
The VRD conditional use permit is issued by the Planning Commission or the Planning Director as an accessory use for the property. The primary use should be the applicant's personal residence, second home, or other primary residential uses. The current policy of the Planning Commission is to only support the approval of one VRD conditional use permit per owner or ownership.
VRDs should be in substantial compliance with building codes. All new VRD conditional use permits require annual compliance inspections. Learn more about VRD site inspections.
All VRDs are required to meet the minimum off-street parking requirements set by the Seaside Zoning Ordinance. A minimum of two off-street parking spaces are required plus one additional off-street parking space for each bedroom over two bedrooms. Learn more about VRD Parking requirements.
The occupancy for a VRD is calculated by multiplying the number of bedrooms by 3. Additional criteria could factor in during the review of an application that could further restrict the occupancy of a VRD. Learn more about VRD Occupancy.
A Local Contact who perminately resides in Clatsop County must be named for each Vacation Rental Dwelling. The Local Contact is required to respond to complaints or issues at the vacation rental within 2 hours. Once a Local Contact is established, the VRD owner may list a Preferred Contact that is listed along with the Local Contact as the preferred point of contact should their be any issues. Unlike the Local Contact, the Preferred Contact is not required to reside in Clatsop County. The Preferred Contact does not replace the requirement to maintain an active Local Contact. Download the Preferred Contact Acknowledgement form or the Local Contact Acknowledgement form for more information.
All VRDs are required to have Vacation Rental Good Neighbor Guidelines or Vacation Rental Condo Good Neighbor Guidelines, a Tsunami Evacuation Map, and a Parking Map posted inside the dwelling in a conspicuous place. Additional postings for a Fire Pit and a Hot Tub will also be required if those amenities are offered by the VRD owner or property manager.