Yes, per Snohomish Municipal Code 14.207.070, short-term, vacation or transient rentals are allowed in the City of Snohomish.
Short-term rentals are a type of lodging sometimes called vacation rentals. A house, condo, or apartment (or a part of one) that is rented for a fee for fewer than 30 consecutive nights is a short-term rental. Examples of short-term rentals are those rented through platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO.
Short-term rentals are allowed in any zone where dwelling units are allowed (e.g. Single-family, all three multi-family zones, Commercial, Historic Business District, Business Park, and Midtown District). This reflects the current situation where digital platforms such as Airbnb and Vrbo show rentals of rooms within a house, entire houses, and multi-family units. Short-term rentals are not allowed in commercial spaces (although they may be allowed in housing units within commercial zones).
To ensure compliance with the City and State regulations, all short-term rentals within the City must:
- Have a business license to operate
- Pay transient rental, hotel/motel, lodging, and other taxes as required for transient accommodations in the city pursuant to WAC 458-20-166.
- Not use commercial spaces for short-term rentals.
- Not provide any services beyond housekeeping between visits.
- Not be rented to the same party for more than 30 consecutive days.
- Only be rented to a single party. A party is a group of persons gathering for the same social purpose.
- Be for the entire structure or for a self-contained living space within a structure. Only one self-contained living space within a detached single-family residence shall be rented at a time.