By Deb Murphy
The Bishop City Council put the icing on the long-term parking/short-term rental cake, so to speak, setting fees for both during a public hearing at Monday’s meeting.
No one from the public showed up to comment on either fee resolutions.
Both issues were resolved at past meetings leaving only the question of cost.
First, short-term rentals, or Airbnbs: The annual cost for an application and a renewal will be $150. According to a memorandum from City Administrator Jim Tatum, the fee covers the cost of staff time to review a “standard conditional use permit” minus the cost of running the application through the Planning Commission. In addition to the application fee, potential Airbnb hosts will have to get a business license.
As part of revamping parking ordinances in the downtown core, the City established parking regulations at the lot located on Sierra Street (behind the Roadhouse, on the north side of Sierra). To address the problem of locals “storing” vehicles in the lot, the City came up with a six-month permit, issued through the Bishop Police Department.
The fees, based on the length of the vehicle, are: $200 for vehicles up to 20-feet in length; $250, vehicles between 20 and 40-feet and $300 for 40-feet vehicles.
Both fee structures go into effect December 23.