07-039-O

ORDINANCE NO. __________


AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 29A-32 OF THE DULUTH CITY CODE, 1959, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO RENTAL LICENSING.

BY COUNCILOR STAUBER:

The city of Duluth does ordain:

     Section 1. That Section 29A-32 of the Duluth City Code, 1959, as amended, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 29A-32.     Licenses--terms and conditions.

     (a)  Each license shall be displayed in a conspicuous place within the common way or near the main entrance of the dwelling and shall state the name, address and telephone number of the owner or managing agency which is managing the dwelling. No license shall be transferred to another dwelling or rental unit;

     (b)  If there is a change in either ownership or management of a dwelling, the person or agency managing such dwelling prior to such change in ownership or management shall give written notice of the name and address of the new owner and/or manager to the building official;

     (c)  A new license shall be issued to the dwelling for the remainder of the license period with the name of the new manager and/or owner upon payment of the required fee and submission of all required application forms;

     (d)  Any licensed one-family or two family dwellings in a district zoned R-1-a, R-1-b or R-1-c shall provide a minimum of two off street parking spaces. In addition, for each additional bedroom in excess of three, there shall be provided one additional off street parking space. Any off-street parking spaces shall comply with the standards for off-street parking set forth in Section 50-26. The number of required off-street parking spaces shall be determined by the building official at the time of licensure;

     (e)  Except as otherwise provided in this Section, any licensed one-family or two-family dwelling, lawfully existing on September 1, 2007, may continue to be so used even though such use does not conform to the provisions of this Section. If the number of bedrooms is increased in a licensed one-family or two-family dwelling located in a district zoned R-1-a, R-1-b or R-1-c after September 1, 2007, the off-street parking requirements of this section shall apply to the entire licensed property. If the license for such non-conforming use is revoked or lapses for any period of time, any subsequent licensed use must comply with all provision of this Chapter.

     Section 2. That this ordinance shall take effect 30 days after its passage and publication.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This ordinance requires new rentals to have at least two off street parking places. In addition, there will be one more off street spot for each bedroom greater than three. Current licensed rentals will be grandfathered unless they lose their license or add bedrooms.