City Councilor Diane Gibson Announces Short Term Rental Ordinance

O-20-30 contains recommendations from the Short Term Rental Task Force.

August 12, 2020

Today, City Councilor Diane Gibson announced she is introducing O-20-30 at the August 17th City Council Meeting. O-20-30 proposes establishing the Short Term Rental Ordinance and requiring an operating permit for Short Term Rentals (STR) in the City of Albuquerque.

“This ordinance is a great way for us to protect the property owners, the renters, and our neighborhoods,” said Councilor Gibson. “Short term rentals are an important part of our tourism and economic development of our city and the ordinance is a great baseline for the short term rental industry to grow from. I’d like to thank the Short Term Rental Task Force for their work in developing these recommendations.”

The Short Term Rental Ordinance will:

  • Require a permit
  • Allows Planning Department to inspect the STR
  • Includes a statement that the owner and operator will comply with all applicable City Ordinances
  • Includes a Good Neighbor Agreement that will be posted inside each unit to inform guests of applicable City Ordinances
  • Permit fee: $120 for initial fee, then $90 for renewals
  • Sets maximum occupancy to two adults per bedroom
  • Gatherings shall not exceed double the maximum occupancy or 20 people, whichever is less and all gatherings shall conclude by 10:00 PM

This legislation also amends the Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board to add a member to the board to include a representative of the Short Term Rental Industry. The Lodgers' Tax Advisory Board is a volunteer board of seven members that advises the Mayor and City Council on the expenditure of Lodgers' Tax funds for advertising, publicizing, and promoting tourist attractions and facilities in Albuquerque.

City Councilor Diane Gibson spearheaded the effort and the City Council adopted R-18-49 in September 2018. It created the Short Term Rental Task Force which was comprised of a mix of public officials, community members, and representatives from relevant industries and they were charged with providing recommendations that address issues related to short term rental. Each component of O-20-30 came from the  STR Task Force recommendations.

O-20-30 will be introduced at the August 17th City Council Meeting and will be referred to the Finance and Government Operations Committee Meeting in September.