BAR HARBOR — A switch in town policy on vacation rentals, requiring such rentals to be registered with the town on an annual basis, is on the agenda for the Feb. 19 town council meeting.
The council will hold a public hearing on a change to the town’s vacation rental ordinance, which currently only requires a one-time registration. A registration fee is also assessed, though the amount of the fee is part of the town budget and not included in the ordinance itself. If approved by a town council vote following the hearing, the ordinance change will go into effect in 30 days.
In December, the council moved to increase the current vacation rental fee to $250, and require it be paid annually. That fee amount, if approved in the coming fiscal year’s budget at town meeting in June, will take effect July 1.