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NEW! Property Development Explorer

View the Property Development Explorer dashboard application here. This tool can assist in locating vacant land within the city of Yakima, as well as land with limited structures that may be suitable for redevelopment and may provide potential for affordable housing. You can filter your results based on improvement value and acreage. Results are display on the map and are populated in a list.

Question of the Moment

Does the City of Yakima allow people to rent their homes or a room in their homes for tourists?

Short-term stays (30 or fewer consecutive days) are generally offered through hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts. Online rental facilitators such as Airbnb and VRBO also provide tourists with short-term transient lodging options, generally within single-family residences. All owners of rental properties, including short-term rentals through online rental facilitators, are required to obtain a City of Yakima Business License which must be renewed annually, and undergo a one-time land use review process.

Operating a Bed & Breakfast, Airbnb or VRBO in the City of Yakima. As governed by Yakima Municipal Code (YMC) Ch. 15.04, bed and breakfasts can be located in the CBD zoning district through a Type 1 land use review, and may be permitted in the SR, R-3, B-1, SCC, LCC, and GC zoning districts through a Type 2 Review. Owners may rent out portions of the house they currently reside in as a “home occupation” bed and breakfast. In this situation, owners are limited to having not more than five lodging units or guest rooms. This home occupation is permitted in the SR, R-2, and R-3 zoning districts through a Type 1 Review, and may be permitted in the R-1 zoning district through a Type 2 Review. Airbnb, VRBO and other owners using similar short-term online rental facilitators, are currently processed the same as bed and breakfasts.  The definitions of the various types of short-term accommodations can be found at Yakima Municipal Code 15.02.020.  The chart indicating zones where uses are allowed and the type of review required can be found at YMC 15.04.030.  Bed and Breakfasts are further regulated under YMC 15.09.080.  Home occupation regulations are found at YMC 15.04.120.

The City of Yakima Planning Commission (YPC) will be looking at potential code changes specific to short term rentals, such as Airbnb and VRBO rentals, during the 2019 update process. If you would like to receive more information on when and where the YPC meets, please visit the YPC page or contact us here.

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