Online Home Sharing Economy

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Virginia Beach City Council has been studying possible regulations for short-term home rentals, like those ​image of beach homes on stiltspromoted on Airbnb and other sites, out of concern for how rentals affect quiet residential neighborhoods – especially with increased traffic, parking and noise. The council also wants to ensure the safety of visitors who rent homes, apartments or rooms. 

To assist with this work, the Council and app​ointed an ad hoc committee to make recommendations.  See the Committee Recommendations. ​

The Council also adopted an ordinance requiring owners who rent their homes to register with the Commissioner of the Revenue. Such rentals are required to pay city and state taxes, the same as hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts.


Nov. 7, 2017

​City Attorney Mark Stiles presented an update​ to City Council regarding Short Term Rentals. 

Short Term Rentals Alternatives


Sept. 28, 2016

The Ad Hoc Committee endorsed these preliminary recommendations at its Sept. 28 meeting. The committee will hear public comments on the proposals and possibly others, and vote on them at a meeting Monday, Oct. 3. Read the recommendations here​.

Aug. 23, 2016 

Assistant to the City Manager Robert Matthias presented an update to the City Council about the Ad Hoc Committee, including the membership, meeting schedule and topics to be covered at each meeting.

City Council Discussion 08/23/16

Aug. 16, 2016

The City Council took two actions:

The Council adopted a resolution creating an Online Home Sharing Economy Ad Hoc Committee. The group will meet several times and provide recommendations to the City Council by the end of September.

The Council adopted an ordinance​ requiring all lodging places subject to the city's transient occupancy tax to register with the Commissioner of the Revenue for purposes of collecting, reporting and remitting taxes.

City Council Discussion 08/16/16


Aug. 9, 2016

City Council discussion of creating an Online S​haring Economy Ad Hoc Committee.

City Council Discussion 08/9/16


Aug. 2, 2016

Two presentations to the City Council:


City Council Discussion 08/2/16


Jan. 5, 2016

​​The City Council adopted a resolution asking the Virginia General Assembly to adopt legislation to regulate peer-to-peer home rentals like those offered by Airbnb