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File #: 3221-2019    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 12/2/2019 In control: Rules & Reference Committee
On agenda: 1/27/2020 Final action: 1/30/2020
Title: To amend Columbus City Code Section 598.03(B) to require all short-term rental permit applicants to submit to a background check performed by an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (“BCI”) approved provider prior to receiving a short-term rental permit.
Sponsors: Rob Dorans
Explanation
This ordinance amends Section 598.03 of the Columbus City Codes to require all short-term rental permit applicants to submit to a background check performed by an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (“BCI”) approved provider.

Under the current version of Section 598.03, short-term rental permit applicants that use a hosting platform that performs are a background check are not required to submit to a BCI background check. Because hosting platforms’ procedures with respect to background checks vary considerably, the Licensing Section, in the interest of public safety, would like to require all short-term rental permit applicants to submit to a BCI background check.

FISCAL IMPACT: This code change will have no financial impact.

Title
To amend Columbus City Code Section 598.03(B) to require all short-term rental permit applicants to submit to a background check performed by an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (“BCI”) approved provider prior to receiving a short-term rental permit.

Body
WHEREAS, Chapter 598 requires all short-term rental hosts and operators in the City of Columbus to obtain a short-term rental permit from the Licensing Section of the Division of Support Services within the Department of Public Safety; and

WHEREAS, Section 598.03(B) does not currently require short-term rental permit applicants that post or advertise their short-term rental on a hosting platform that performs a background check to submit to a BCI background check; and

WHEREAS, the Licensing Section, in the interest of public safety, wants all short-term rental permit applicants to submit as part of their applications the results of a BCI background check prior to receiving a short-term rental permit; now, therefore,

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBUS:

SECTION 1. That Section 598.03 of the Columbus City Codes is hereby amended to read as follows:

598.03 - Application for Hotel/Motel or Short-Term Rental Permit, New and Renewal

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