MUSKEGON, Mich. — Muskegon city officials believe there are at least 100-homes offered as short-term vacation rentals in their community.

Most, but not all of the properties available for rent from one-day to multiple weeks are in close proximity to Pere Marquette Beach.

The growing popularity of those kind of rentals is one reason Muskegon City Commissioners are expected to approve a new short-term vacation rental ordinance when they meet Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m.

The proposed ordinance is the result of about 18-months of discussion among city leaders. Currently the city does not have direct oversight on short-term vacation rentals. 

"Vacation rentals play a significant part in our local economy," said Frank Peterson, Muskegon City Manager. "Especially in the summer months."

Peterson say city leaders don't want to damage the economic benefits of short term vacation rentals. But he and other city leaders believe some oversight is needed. The ordinance as written would require property owners to get an annual short- term rental certificate and safety inspection. The annual cost would be $250.00. The ordinance will provide the city with emergency contact information for property owners. And also spell out specifics for each property like recreational fires, trash, fireworks, noise, and  occupancy.

Peterson says the city has received complaints about small homes rented out for big groups. "And so we will go through each of the applicants and we will help them understand what an appropriate amount of occupancy is where people should be parking," he said.

Some communities try to develop ordinance to prevent short-term vacation rentals, others restrict the rentals to specific neighborhoods. 

"We think we came up with one that fits us pretty well," said Peterson.

If Muskegon City Commissioner approve the proposed ordinance enforcement will begin before the busy summer vacation season. 

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