Short-Term Rental Regulations in Fort Worth, TX 2018-05-24T07:12:02+00:00

Short-Term Rental Regulations in Fort Worth, TX

Short-Term Rental Regulations in Fort Worth, TX

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Fort Worth is the 16th-largest city in the United States and the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas. The city is located in North Texas. It is the county seat of Tarrant County, covering nearly 350 square miles (910 km2) into three other counties; Denton, Parker and Wise. According to the 2016 census estimates, Fort Worth’s population is 854,113. The city is the second-largest in the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area (the “DFW Metroplex”), 4th most populous metropolitan area in the United States.

Short Term Rental and Event Center/Rental Hall

ORDINANCE NO. __________
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF FORT WORTH, BEING ORDINANCE NO. 21653, AS AMENDED, CODIFIED AS APPENDIX “A” OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF FORT WORTH (2015), TO AMEND ARTICLES 6, 8 AND 12 RESPECTIVELY OF CHAPTER 4, “DISTRICT REGULATIONS,” SPECIFICALLY SECTION 4.603, “RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT USE TABLE,” SECTION 4.803, “NONRESIDENTIAL DISTRICT USE TABLE” AND SECTION 4.1203, “FORM-BASED DISTRICT USE TABLE” TO PROVIDE FOR ZONING DISTRICTS WHERE “EVENT CENTER OR RENTAL HALL,” “INDOOR AMUSEMENT” AND “SHORT TERM HOME RENTAL” ARE ALLOWED AND TO AMEND CHAPTER 9, “DEFINITIONS” TO ADD DEFINITIONS FOR “EVENT CENTER OR RENTAL HALL,” “INDOOR AMUSEMENT” AND “SHORT TERM RENTAL HOME”; PROVIDING THAT THIS ORDINANCE SHALL BE CUMULATIVE; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING A PENALTY CLAUSE; PROVIDING A SAVINGS CLAUSE; PROVIDING FOR PUBLICATION; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

Short-Term Rental Regulations in Fort Worth, TX – WHEREAS, in the City of Fort Worth short term home rentals (homes rented for less than 30 consecutive days) are not specifically defined, expressly permitted or listed in any of the zoning use categories provided in the use tables for residential, non-residential or form-based districts; and WHEREAS, in making a determination if a property is being used as a short term home rental, the definition for “transient or short term resident” is reviewed and if the duration of the stay is less than 30 days, that use is not allowed since it is more analogous to a bed or breakfast
home which is allowed in a two-family zoning district by special exception but is prohibited in one-family zoning districts; and WHEREAS, it is advisable to amend the Zoning Ordinance to affirm the prohibition of short term rental homes in one- and two family zoning districts by adding a definition for “Short Term Home Rental,” including the newly defined use in the land use tables to clarify that a short Recommended for Approval by the Zoning Commission1-10-2018 Ch 9 and Ch 4 amend Ordinance No. ___________

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Short-term home rental is not allowed in residential districts but is allowed in other districts as a commercial use; and WHEREAS, the zoning land use classification of Indoor Amusement is very general and may apply to many different types of business operations in Neighborhood Commercial zoning district, causing confusion at times of enforcement; and WHEREAS, it is advisable to define an Event Center or Rental Hall as a private use in order to ensure that Certificates of Occupancy clearly identify the permitted operations within a property; and WHEREAS, it is advisable to add a definition for “Event Center or Rental Hall” to clarify that this type of use is separate from “indoor amusement” and to amend the use table to include the use and where it is allowed;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FORT WORTH, TEXAS AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1.

Chapter 9 ” Definitions”, Section 9.101 “Defined Terms” of Ordinance No. 21653, the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Fort Worth, is hereby amended to revise the definitions for “Transient or Short Term Resident” and add definitions for “Event Center or Rental Hall”, “Indoor Amusement,” and “Short Term Home Rental” to read as follows: Sec. 9. 101 DEFINED TERMS.

EVENT CENTER OR RENTAL HALL An establishment that is leased on a temporary basis before the event by individuals or groups who reserve the facility to accommodate private functions, including but not limited to banquets, weddings, anniversaries, receptions, business organizational meetings, and other similar functions, to which the general public is not admitted and for which no admission charge is imposed. Such establishments may include kitchen facilities for the preparation of food and areas for dancing, dining and other entertainment activities that Recommended for Approval by the Zoning Commission 1-10-2018 Ch 9 and Ch 4 amend Ordinance No.

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customarily occur in association with banquets, weddings or receptions. An event center does not include a game room, bar, pool hall, dance hall, night club or concert hall. INDOOR AMUSEMENT: A privately established and operated facility that provides indoor amusement opportunities for a fee, including, but not limited to, an arcade or pool hall, but not a bar or similar facility that serves alcohol, or a dance hall, night club, concert hall, or event center or rental hall or sexually oriented business that is otherwise categorized. SHORT TERM HOME RENTAL: The rental for compensation of dwellings or accessory b dwelling units for the purpose of overnight lodging for a period of not less than one night and not more than 30 consecutive days other than ongoing month-to-month tenancy granted to the same renter for the same unit as their primary residence. This is not applicable to hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts homes or bed and breakfast inns.

SECTION 2.

Article 6, “Residential Use Table”, Section 4.603 “Residential District Use Table”, of Ordinance No. 21653, the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Fort Worth, is hereby amended to add “Short Term Home Rental” to the list of uses in the category “Other” with an empty cell under all zoning districts to indicate that the use is not allowed in the respective zoning districts.

SECTION 3.

Article 8, “Non-Residential Use Table”, Section 4.803 “Non-Residential District Use Table”, of Ordinance No. 21653, the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Fort Worth, is hereby amended to add “Short Term Home Rental” to the list of uses in the category “Lodging” with a “P” in the ER through K zoning districts cells to indicate that the use is allowed; and to amend the use “Bar, tavern, cocktail lounge; club, private or teen” to add “dance hall” to the use list in the
category “Entertainment and Eating”; and to add “Event Center or Rental Hall” to the list of uses in the category “Entertainment and Eating” with a “P” in the E through K zoning district cells to indicate that the use is allowed.
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SECTION 4.

Section 4.1203, of Article 12, “Form Based Code District Use Table” of Chapter 4, “District Regulations” of Ordinance No. 21653, the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Fort Worth, is hereby added and Section 4.1202 is hereby amended to move the district use table to the newly added section. The district use table in Section 4.1203 is hereby amended to add “Short Term Home Rental” to the list of uses in the category “Lodging” with a “P” in all of the zoning districts
cells with the exception of the BU-RA, TL-TR and TL-NB zoning districts which should have empty cells to indicate the use is not allowed; and to amend the use “Bar, tavern, cocktail lounge; club, private or teen” to add “dance hall” in the category “Entertainment and Eating”; and to add “Event Center or Rental Hall” to the category  Entertainment and Eating” with a “P” in all of the zoning district cells with the exception of the BU-RA, TL-TR, and TL-NB zoning districts which should have empty cells to indicate the use is not allowed..

SECTION 5.

Sections 4.602, 4.802 and 4.1202, “Unlisted Uses”, of Articles 6, “Residential District Use Table, 8, “Nonresidential District Use Table, and 12, “Form Based Code District Use Table” respectively are hereby amended to read as follows:
Additional uses have been interpreted as part or similar to many of the uses listed in the table. The full list of such uses is included in Appendix C, Use Index. If a use is not listed then the board of adjustment zoning administrative official shall, upon request of any interested party and pursuant to the procedures set forth in Chapter 3, Article 2, make a determination within which district, if any, a proposed use should be allowed.

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