After a public hearing and deliberation during three separate City Council meetings, on September 4, 2018, the Grapevine City Council adopted an ordinance affirming that short-term rentals (STRs-rentals less than 30 days) are not a permitted use in any zoning district in the City. The intent of the ordinance is to protect the integrity of residential neighborhoods, and to preserve important public safety resources. The only exception to the ordinance is a leaseback provision during a home sale where a buyer may close on a property but choose to lease it back to the original owners for a short period of time until a move occurs.
The ordinance passed is effective immediately and enforcement will begin in 45 days (October 22, 2018). If the City receives complaints on an STR during the grace period, short-term rental of that property must cease immediately. Once the 45 day grace period has ended, the City will begin proactive and complaint-based monitoring and enforcement of short-term rentals in the City.
The City will use all available resources to identify current STR owners and send them notification of the ordinance. In addition, we’ll communicate the ordinance via social media, the City and Convention and Visitors Bureau websites and in the next edition of the printed City newsletter.