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11/16/2012 - updated 11/17/2012

Short-term rental regulations adopted

How to obtain your permit, submit a copy of partially noncompliant contracts

The Town Council adopted new zoning rules to regulate less than 30-day rentals in Cape Elizabeth at the Nov. 14, 2012 Town Council meeting.

The new zoning regulations establish that anyone renting a home for a period of less than 30 days is operating a “short-term rental.” If you plan to rent for more than 2 weeks a year, you will need to obtain a permit.

The new regulations will take effect on Dec. 14, 2012. Permit applications are available and may be filled out online and printed before the effective date. The permit fee will be established by Town Council vote, probably at the Dec. 10 meeting.

The Town anticipates that some rental contracts may be signed with renters prior to Dec. 14. If a property owner has a signed contract prior to the effective date of the new regulations, only the provisions of the new regulations that do not invalidate the contract will apply. You will still need to obtain a Short Term Rental permit and will need to comply with all provisions not in conflict with the contract. After Dec. 14, any signed contract should comply with all provisions of the Short Term Rental Amendments.

Anyone with a signed contract that does not comply with the Short Term Rental provisions should provide a copy of that contract to the Code Enforcement Office by Dec.14 to avoid possible enforcement questions in 2013. The financial arrangements included in contracts do not need to be disclosed.

As with the first year of any new effort, there will be some bumps as the short term rental provisions are implemented. The Town is available to help landlords with questions and the application process and also appreciates your patience as we work through the permit process.

Questions regarding the short term rental provisions should be directed to the Code Enforcement Office, 207-799-1619.

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  • Michael K. McGovern, Interim Code Enforcement Officer
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    PO Box 6260
    Cape Elizabeth, ME
  • Business Hours: Mondays, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesdays-Fridays, 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
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    Assessing/Codes/Planning office, second floor Town Hall, 320 Ocean House Road - Directions