Short-term rentals in Wilmington up for discussion next week

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The City of Wilmington will hold a meeting to get public input on potential changes to short-term rental regulations.

At the City Council work session last month, staff presented options related to potential regulations for short-term lodging, both for “homestays”, where the primary resident only rents out a bedroom, and “short-term rentals”, where the resident is not there during the rental period.

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In residential districts, homestays would be regulated similar to bed & breakfasts, with the primary resident on site during the rental period, and a separation distance required between establishments.

Council was presented with two alternatives for short-term lodging:

  • To allow rentals only during designated events, such as Azalea Festival and Rivers
  • To allow rentals up to 30 days per calendar year
  • In commercial districts, homestays, bed & breakfasts, and whole-house rentals would be permitted in the same districts where hotels/motels are permitted

The primary residents of homestays and whole house rentals would need to register annually with the city.



The meeting is Tuesday, March 14 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Alderman Elementary School.

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