Community Development  |  Transient Lodging


May 3, 2017 – Residential Transient Lodging Work Session and Resolution of Intent

     Executive Summary


June 14 – Public Hearings

     Executive Summary: Transient Lodging Tax Ordinance Amendment

     Executive Summary: Short Term Lodging Rental Business License Ordinance Amendment

July 5 – Residential Transient Lodging Work Session

     Executive Summary


September – Public Input Sessions


October – Work Session

     10-24 Agenda

December - Work Session on 
December 19.  The agenda will be posted at this link when available.

Current Regulations and Review Process

     Information on Transient Lodging & Review Steps for ATL & BnB

     Application for Bed and Breakfast 

     Application for
Accessory Tourist Lodging

Home-based transient lodging, more commonly known as Accessory Tourist Lodging, Bed and Breakfasts, AirBnB, Homestay, or Short-term Rentals, has been a recent topic of discussion for the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.

In March 2017, the Board directed staff to prepare a tax code change so that the transient occupancy tax (sales tax paid by guests staying at hotels, motels, and campgrounds) would also be applied to home-based transient lodging in Albemarle County. In addition, the Board asked staff to reach out to the community and identify areas where the zoning ordinance might broaden opportunities for residents to engage in room rentals.

At its June 14, 2017 Board meeting, the Board of Supervisors amended the County Code §15-900 and §15-901 to enable the County to impose taxes on residential transient lodging, previously not included in this regulation. They also amended County Code §8-616 to explicitly list short-term rentals on the list of businesses subject to the business,professions, and occupations licensing (BPOL) tax requirements. As a result of these amendments, current operators who are not presently in compliance will have to come into compliance with applicable zoning regulations and secure the required permits. Learn more about how to become compliant here.

At present, home-based transient lodging allows for rental of five (5) guest rooms and requires a resident manager on-site. Whole-house vacation rentals are not allowed. In the County’s designated development areas, home-based transient lodging is only allowed in single family houses, not in townhouses, condos, or apartments. In the County’s designated rural area, up to 10 guest rooms are allowed under certain circumstances and they don’t have to all be in a single family house.

  • The County is looking into the possibility of expanding zoning regulations to include allowance of transient lodging in attached dwellings such as townhomes and condominiums, and
  • allowing for periodic whole house/apartment rentals.

The County’s goals of protecting existing neighborhoods, ensuring the availability of affordable housing, and not commercializing the rural areas are being reviewed for balance with its goals for tourism and economic development.

The County is seeking input from residents, businesses, and property owners regarding possible changes to the zoning ordinance. Existing hosts and operators of home-based transient lodging are specifically invited to a Stakeholder Roundtable at the County Office Building – Room 241, 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 6:30 PM.

Residents who are not currently operators of home-based transient lodging are invited to provide input at one of the opportunities listed below locations during September. If you live in the development area of the County, you are encouraged to attend the Community Advisory Committee meeting closest to you. The same material will be provided at each of these meetings.

Rural Area Opportunities: Development Area Opportunities:
White Hall Ruritan Club, Crozet
Monday, September 11, 2017  //  6:30 PM
Places29 – Hydraulic Community Advisory Committee
Monday, September 18, 2017  //  5:30 PM
Stony Point Elementary, Keswick
Tuesday, September 12, 2017  //  6:30 PM
Village of Rivanna Community Advisory Committee
Monday, September 18, 2017  //  7:15 PM
Red Hill Elementary, North Garden
Thursday, September 14, 2017 //  6:30 PM
Crozet Community Advisory Committee
Wednesday, September 20, 2017  //  7:00 PM

At each of the community meetings a survey was taken. Comments were also accepted via an online form. The online survey is currently closed.  All comments and a tally of survey results will be provided on-line at the end of the series of community meetings.

Places29 – North Community Advisory Committee
Thursday, September 21, 2017  //  6:00 PM
5th & Avon Community Advisory Committee
Thursday, September 21, 2017  //  7:00 PM
Pantops Community Advisory Committee
Monday, September 25, 2017  //  6:15 PM
Places29 – Rio Community Advisory Committee
Thursday, September 28, 2017  //  6:00PM

After these input sessions, staff will present findings to the Planning Commission. The Commission is expected to discuss possible zoning ordinance changes in October and a make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors before the end of the year. For more information, or to be placed on an email mailing list to receive updates on this process, email Rebecca Ragsdale at