Lyme’s short-term rental law gets county nod

Short-term rental regulations

LYME, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Jefferson County Planning Board says it’s up to the town of Lyme how to proceed with regulations for short-term rentals such as Airbnb and VRBO.

The town proposed a new zoning amendment on short-term rentals following complaints last year about renters drinking and causing noise late into the night.

The town submitted a short-term rental law to Jefferson County last year, but that plan never fully formed. It would have imposed strict rules such as quiet hours and two people per bedroom.

A proposal reviewed at a county planning board meeting Tuesday night is far more relaxed.

“This one is way scaled down from the version that we saw about a year ago,” community development coordinator Sra Freda said. “The short-term rental is responsible for providing written rules to its guests.”

The town planning board is expected to continue discussing the new rules at its next meeting.

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