Short-Term Rentals: Public Comment

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A short-term rental is the leasing out of a furnished residential dwelling on a short-term basis, generally less than 30 days.

It is estimated that there are approximately 500-600 short-term rental units in Fayetteville. However, Fayetteville’s codes do not have specific rules or allowances for short term rentals. In July 2019 the City Council adopted a resolution directing staff to study and develop an ordinance for short-term rentals for their consideration.

The City of Fayetteville is inviting City residents to provide feedback, ask questions, and help us identify issues around this topic.

Please use the Guestbook feature below to post your comments, or ask a question via the Q&A tab. We appreciate your input!


Step 1. Focus Group Meeting 1

As the first step in studying short-term rentals, the City hosted a focus group on August 19, 2019 to discuss the issue. The focus group represented various perspectives including neighborhood representatives and concerned citizens, rental owners and managers, and hotel owners. The group was guided by a professional facilitator to identify key issues and recommendations in moving forward with local rules for short-term rentals. View the first Focus Group Notes here. (pdf)

Step 2. Public Input Meeting

The City hosted a public input meeting about short-term rentals on September 30, 2019. Click here to view the notes from the public input meeting. (pdf)

Step 3. Focus Group Meeting 2

On January 15, 2020, the City hosted a second focus group meeting to review and comment on the first draft code for short-term rentals. Click here to view the notes from the second focus group meeting. (pdf)

Step 4. Planning Commission Meeting(s)

The draft code for short-term rentals will be discussed at the Planning Commission meeting on February 10, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 219 of City Hall

Step 5. City Council Meeting(s)

After the Planning Commission meeting, the final step will be presentation of the draft code to the City Council for their consideration and potential adoption.




A short-term rental is the leasing out of a furnished residential dwelling on a short-term basis, generally less than 30 days.

It is estimated that there are approximately 500-600 short-term rental units in Fayetteville. However, Fayetteville’s codes do not have specific rules or allowances for short term rentals. In July 2019 the City Council adopted a resolution directing staff to study and develop an ordinance for short-term rentals for their consideration.

The City of Fayetteville is inviting City residents to provide feedback, ask questions, and help us identify issues around this topic.

Please use the Guestbook feature below to post your comments, or ask a question via the Q&A tab. We appreciate your input!


Step 1. Focus Group Meeting 1

As the first step in studying short-term rentals, the City hosted a focus group on August 19, 2019 to discuss the issue. The focus group represented various perspectives including neighborhood representatives and concerned citizens, rental owners and managers, and hotel owners. The group was guided by a professional facilitator to identify key issues and recommendations in moving forward with local rules for short-term rentals. View the first Focus Group Notes here. (pdf)

Step 2. Public Input Meeting

The City hosted a public input meeting about short-term rentals on September 30, 2019. Click here to view the notes from the public input meeting. (pdf)

Step 3. Focus Group Meeting 2

On January 15, 2020, the City hosted a second focus group meeting to review and comment on the first draft code for short-term rentals. Click here to view the notes from the second focus group meeting. (pdf)

Step 4. Planning Commission Meeting(s)

The draft code for short-term rentals will be discussed at the Planning Commission meeting on February 10, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 219 of City Hall

Step 5. City Council Meeting(s)

After the Planning Commission meeting, the final step will be presentation of the draft code to the City Council for their consideration and potential adoption.




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Short term rentals provide for an important source of revenue to homeowners who normally lease the home long-term but are experiencing vacancy due to lease turnover, or one of many other factors which would make a long-term lease of the property unfeasible. Additionally, as our community has changed, many homes which once made great long-term residences for families are now surrounded by changing landscapes and uses. Many of these homes however are attractive as short-term rentals near and within our business and entertainment districts and this short-term use is what provides a purpose and meaningful life for these residences allowing Fayetteville to maintain our unique, inviting mountain town vibe.

BLAM 9 months ago

Short term rentals like AirBnB use up what can be regular housing for people. If Fayetteville is so concerned about housing, then maybe they SHOULD be regulated. I understand that an owner will make more money with doing short term rentals in a unit, but it puts that unit off the housing market where it should be. The problem gets compounded when one owner has multiple units off the housing market. It feels disingenuous because AirBnb was intended for people to rent out their vacation home or their own home if they were away for a while. These days, it's become a portal for renting out apartments as if they were hotel rooms. I would suggest a cap of rentals per owner, if at all possible, to prevent the housing market from getting any worse. I recognize that it's too late to get them to use the short-term rental portals as they should be used, but we really do need to keep things from getting any worse.

M D 9 months ago

Generally, I'm supportive of short-term rentals. They provide a beneficial opportunity to both host and guest. I'm sure there are several of my neighbors that have done this. Though my experience with the one house in my neighborhood I know is an Airbnb is negative. With diferent people are constantly coming and going (not the issue) none of them know where/how to park properly facing traffic and always park in the"no parking" zone or on the sidewalk (an issue for anyone in a wheelchair or push a stroller, because you have to walk in the road to get around the car). So school buses and trash trucks have issues getting around. There have also been a few renters that were very noisy and disruptive. But that was handled like any other local disturbance. All of this to say, I don't know that specific regulations are needed. Perhaps just information/resources on how to best deal with absent hosts. For us, we have no way of contacting the homeowner to let them know their guests are not following rules because it isn't their primary residence. So, they're never there. I know this can be reported to Airbnb on their website, but if you don't know which company the homeowner is using, it can be a lot of work trying to figure that out.

cchandler 9 months ago

You don't need to regulate/tax everything. Stop. The people of Fayetteville do not want you regulating short term rentals. This is not the government's business.

Brittney 9 months ago

The government has ZERO business regulating short term rentals like AirBnB. AirBnBs are awesome for both tourists (safe, affordable, dog friendly) and permanent residents (tourists boost our economy, supplemental income). Maybe focus on rent control for long term renters, or focusing on renter rights in Arkansas instead of trying to get in the way of people trying to make a living in this overpriced town.

Robin 9 months ago

It really is none of the govt's business what people do with their own property. How did we get to this point.Why not just try liberty?

Jpjp 9 months ago

I’m curious as to what kind of ordinances you’ll come up with. My dad runs an AirBnB in New Orleans and when they made restrictions it hurt his income.

MariahDanner 9 months ago

Stop overreaching with government. It’s not currently an issue so go find something more productive to focus on like widening our roads.

Dm 9 months ago

We’ve utilized these options traveling in the US and internationally. They often provide lower cost options and unique opportunities to experience the community. We’ve also rented our home in the past during bbbbq/football games and haven’t had any issues. As long as HMR is being collected I think they’re fine.

John Coleman 9 months ago

This does NOT need regulation, the government can go ahead, and keep their nose out.

Ajubilee 9 months ago

Home rentals through rental agencies like Airbnb or HomeAway help neighborhoods upkeep a standard of curb appeal. In a system where guests rate the presentation of a property and the owner, it is in the best interest of the homeowner to maintain a property well. They are also diligently selecting guests who will respect the property and other homeowner's nearby because it is in their best interest. The number of hotel rooms in Fayetteville and surrounding areas is not adequate for the number of visitors we host. Including taxes is fine to consider, but do not sugar coat the matter for "the best interest of the townspeople" by "reducing noise, traffic, trash...and party houses and improving city responsiveness to complaints" as quoted in the white paper. I'd like to understand how the city will improve responsiveness to complaints by way of classifying these as "short term rentals". Also, homeowners often use this income on their property so they can afford to live in their home in Fayetteville. For homeowners it is not necessarily a matter of profit, but rather being able to afford to live in city limits themselves (to which they pay property taxes).

Ashley 9 months ago

What private property owners do on their own private property is no business to the government.

Trump2020 9 months ago

Like most things, this does not need and will not benefit from government regulation. Good government is less government.

Jhull 9 months ago

I don’t understand the need for a regulation regarding short term rentals. I’d like more information as to why and the issues that the city has regarding these. In general I’d like the city to stop taxing us so much and to back off and let property owners manage their own business.

Toomanytaxes 9 months ago

This is not about safety, or anything of the like. This is about tax revenue. The city has to be able to pay for their precious library, and new arts corridor somehow. No more taxes. Geesh! #Fayettesucks

Irritated By Taxes in Fayetteville 10 months ago

There is no need for a ban against short-term rentals. There is currently a thriving market for short-term rentals. Furthermore, if there is a ban on short-term rentals in Fayetteville, that market will effectively move to surrounding cities. There simply is not enough hotel space to accommodate travelers visiting our city. Allow for short-term rentals to apply for a business permit and be held to the current standards any business should be held to, which would include abiding by current neighborhood noise restrictions. Allow the systems and infrastructure already in place to regulate against "party houses." A ban against short-term rentals seems to plainly be in favor of the traditional hotel industry; as well as, it would effectively build a walled garden to only benefit traditional hotel owners.

mao123 10 months ago

I'd like to be able to AirBNB my spare bedroom as desired. I understand that this "competes" with the hotel/motel business, and would be happy to play by the same rules in regards to tax collection. I see no need to put additional restrictions on top of what the market already self-regulates.

Michael 10 months ago

I don’t understand the need for a regulation regarding short term rentals. I would like more information as to why and the issues that the city has regarding these.

PabloP 10 months ago

I agree 100 percent with the comment below.

DDT 10 months ago

The city needs to be more accommodating. Private property owners are not the enemy. Reduce spending!If a person wants to rent out their house, that is their business. Not the city’s.

Jka 10 months ago