Tourist, vacation home applications coming into Traverse City clerk's office


    Tourist, vacation home applications coming into Traverse City clerk's office

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Applications for both tourist and vacation homes are coming into the Traverse City Clerk’s Office after a change in rules earlier this month.

    Vacation homes were always allowed in commercial areas, but they now must be licensed.

    That is when the whole house is rented for under 30 days.

    The rules for tourist homes were relaxed, so there is no limit for the amount that can be licensed if they're considered low intensity.

    That's when only two-rooms in a home is rented out for less than 84 days in a year.

    The clerk says whether it's a tourist or vacation home, the process to apply is simple.

    “Really, it’s an inspection every three years,” said city clerk, Benjamin Marentette. “The application is straightforward and really we work to make it as painless as possible.”

    Marentette says that four new applications for tourist homes have come in since they relaxed the rules.

    The applications are slowly coming in for the estimated 300 vacation homes that are now required to have licenses in the city.

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