Short Term Rentals & Accessory Dwelling Units

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The City of Lafayette is considering allowing Short Term Rentals (STR) and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) in residential zones. We are interested in your opinions on these two topics to assist with this decision.

What are Short Term Rentals (STR)
STR are homes that have all or a portion of the home rented out for 30 or fewer days at time. Owners often list them for rent on places like Airbnb or VRBO. What are the pros and cons?

What are Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)
ADUs are secondary living units (like carriage homes, in-law units) and are popular in Old Town. Should they be allowed in other parts of the City?

Public discussion/open house
A community meeting was held on Wednesday, October 9, 2019
[6:00-7:30pm - Lafayette Library Meeting Room | 775 W. Baseline Rd.]

Survey - now closed (closed October 15, 2019 - view results below)

February 2020 Update

Staff and a research assistant are currently researching what impacts STRs have had on other communities. Those findings are expected to be presented to City Council in April 2020. Staff is also researching other communities' ADU regulations and whether ADUs help owners and/or renters financially. Stay tuned for more updates on ADUs.

August 2020 Update

The Planning Commission and City Council held a joint workshop on August 24, 2020, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to review the short term rental research findings and proposed draft accessory dwelling unit regulations. After hearing the STR findings and having discussion, there was general support for STRs. There was also general support for accessory dwelling units in all single family zoning districts in Lafayette. Staff is currently working on reaching out to HOA representatives to learn what impacts STRs and ADUs would have in their neighborhoods.

The City of Lafayette is considering allowing Short Term Rentals (STR) and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) in residential zones. We are interested in your opinions on these two topics to assist with this decision.

What are Short Term Rentals (STR)
STR are homes that have all or a portion of the home rented out for 30 or fewer days at time. Owners often list them for rent on places like Airbnb or VRBO. What are the pros and cons?

What are Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)
ADUs are secondary living units (like carriage homes, in-law units) and are popular in Old Town. Should they be allowed in other parts of the City?

Public discussion/open house
A community meeting was held on Wednesday, October 9, 2019
[6:00-7:30pm - Lafayette Library Meeting Room | 775 W. Baseline Rd.]

Survey - now closed (closed October 15, 2019 - view results below)

February 2020 Update

Staff and a research assistant are currently researching what impacts STRs have had on other communities. Those findings are expected to be presented to City Council in April 2020. Staff is also researching other communities' ADU regulations and whether ADUs help owners and/or renters financially. Stay tuned for more updates on ADUs.

August 2020 Update

The Planning Commission and City Council held a joint workshop on August 24, 2020, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to review the short term rental research findings and proposed draft accessory dwelling unit regulations. After hearing the STR findings and having discussion, there was general support for STRs. There was also general support for accessory dwelling units in all single family zoning districts in Lafayette. Staff is currently working on reaching out to HOA representatives to learn what impacts STRs and ADUs would have in their neighborhoods.

  • View the Survey Results - October 2019

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    15 October, 2019

    Take the survey (closed October 15, 2019)
    We want to hear from you - tell us what you think about short term rentals (STR) and accessory dwelling units (ADU) in Lafayette. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. It should take approximately 5-10 minutes. The survey will stay open through October 15, 2019.


    VIEW the STR Survey results

    VIEW the ADU Survey results