FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2023
Louisa County Reminds Short-Term Rental Owners of Ordinance Effective Date
LOUISA, VIRGINIA – Louisa County’s Short-Term Rental (STR) Ordinance goes into effect on January 1, 2024. The ordinance, approved by the Board of Supervisors following a public hearing in October, reflects substantially simplified requirements compared to previously considered versions and is intended to provide the broadest coverage in protecting property owners, increasing occupant safety, and guarding community interests.
As the code’s effective date quickly approaches, STR owners are reminded to first understand how their properties are zoned so they can take appropriate action. For A1 & A2 zoned properties, STRs are allowed by-right (in alignment with the Virginia Attorney General Opinion), meaning no action is necessary for owners to comply with local zoning. For R1, R2, & RD zoned properties within growth areas, STRs are allowed by-right with restrictions. Most waterfront properties and neighborhoods/communities on Lake Anna are located in a growth area, meaning the restrictions apply. For R1 or R2 properties outside growth areas, and for commercially or industrially zoned properties, a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is required for STRs and the owner or owner’s agent should contact the Louisa County Community Development Department to begin the process.
The simplest of the requirements for applicable STR owners (R1, R2, & RD zoned properties within growth areas) is providing contact information to the County of Louisa. Providing contact information is completed through the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office and utilizes an existing form many STR owners have previously submitted. The revised form includes a field for an emergency contact, and a property manager may complete this form on behalf of a client if a Power of Attorney is uploaded along with form.
The full list of requirements is available online at https://www.louisacounty.gov/3224/18510/Short-Term-Rental-Ordinance. The “Ask Louisa” chatbot on the County website is populated with frequently asked questions, and site visitors are encouraged to utilize the online chat.
COUNTY OF LOUISA
Duane Adams, Chairman
Board of Supervisors
Phone: (540) 894-6517