Public hearing scheduled for San Juan County vacation rental code changes

Submitted by San Juan County

The vacation rental amendment public hearing will be held in the county council hearing room at 55 Second St., Friday Harbor, Washington at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 13.

The proposed amendments to the vacation rental regulations would require all vacation rentals to have a property management plan, have a contact person located on the island where the rental is located, and annually certify compliance with fire and life safety requirements. In addition, the amendments make new vacation rental permits renewable and better address nuisance issues such as traffic, noise, garbage, water use and parking. The amendments will also create a new and different code enforcement process and a penalty for unpermitted vacation rentals.

The ordinances may be reviewed 24 hours a day at the county website at or on at

Written comments may be submitted in advance of the hearing by mail or at the hearing by delivery in person. Please deliver five copies of all written comments to the Clerk of the San Juan Islands at 55 Second St., Friday Harbor or mail to 350 Court Street #1, Friday Harbor, WA 98250.