Town of Bar Harbor, ME
Hancock County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Bar Harbor 4-18-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-01. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Land use — See Ch. 125.
Taxation of time-share estates — See Ch. 178, Art. II.
The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the use in alignment with state laws and regulations.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
As defined in Land Use Ordinance § 125-109.
[Amended 10-7-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-03; 4-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-01]
All vacation rentals shall be registered with the Town of Bar Harbor on an annual basis, prior to rental. Previously registered vacation rentals shall reregister on or before May 31 annually. Registration forms shall be filed with the building permit files under the management of the Code Enforcement Officer.
[Amended 2-19-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-05]
Registration forms shall include the following information:
Name and mailing address of the owner of the property;
Physical address of the property to be rented;
Local contact name and phone number;
Determination of Land Use Ordinance compliance.[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 125, Land Use.
The property shall pass inspection prior to the issuance of the registration card.
A registration card shall be issued to the property owner upon submission of the completed form and payment of any fees as may be set from time to time by the Town Council. The card shall certify that the applicant has met all requirements in this chapter and the Land Use Ordinance[2] as attested by both the Fire Chief and the Code Enforcement Officer or his/her designee.
Editor's Note: See Ch. 125, Land Use.
An approved registration card shall be posted on the premises of the vacation rental unit for convenient inspection by a vacation rental occupant.
Registration does not relieve the property owner from the obligation to obtain any additional permits necessary for the use.
[Amended 4-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-01]
All vacation rentals shall be inspected initially by the Fire Department for life safety requirements.
Compliance with certain regulations required.
For the purposes of this chapter, vacation rentals shall comply with the following chapters of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, as most recently amended and edited, and as applicable:
Chapter 4, General.
Chapter 6, Classifications of Occupancy and Hazard of Contents.
Chapter 7, Means of Egress.
Chapter 9, Building Service and Fire Protection Equipment.
Chapter 24, One- and Two-Family Dwellings.
Chapter 30/31, New and Existing Apartment Buildings.
Additionally, vacation rentals shall comply with Chapter 70, Electrical Installations, of this Code, as it may be amended, edited and as applicable.
Enforcement authority. The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by the Code Enforcement Officer.
Violations. A violation of this chapter shall constitute a violation under the Land Use Ordinance, Chapter 125, Article X, Enforcement.
Appeals. An appeal from the action of code enforcement or the Fire Department may be sought through the powers and responsibilities in the Land Use Ordinance, Chapter 125, § 125-103, Administrative appeals.[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 190-6, Effective date, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 10-7-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-03.