TUSCALOOSA CITY COUNCIL MUST DECIDE IF THEY WILL MAKE HOME SHARING LEGAL

The City Of Tuscaloosa crossed a major hurdle Tuesday regarding home sharing or short-term rentals.

Currently, websites touting those services, such as Airbnb are illegal in Tuscaloosa. Despite the illegality, there are multiple listings available in and around town.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox and the Tuscaloosa City Council have been debating changing the city’s rules to make these services legal.

During Tuesday’s administration committee meeting, the planning and zoning department gave the committee several options to consider if they want to make it legal.

“We talked about the zoning aspect of potential short term rental ordinance,” said Associate Director for the CIty of Tuscaloosa Ashley Crites. “You know looking at where we might allow it, how we might notify people and some various site specifications you know if the ordinance is to be allowed what it could look like.”

Some options include allowing the services in districts already zoned commercial, where hotels are already permitted; throughout the city by census tract; creating percentage caps by tract for specific areas; in multifamily structures within a mile or two of Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The city will continue the discussion on Feb. 7, where safety concerns will be addressed.

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