Short Term Rental Overview

Update

A public meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday June 28th, 2022 at 6:00PM at the Pocono Mountain West High School Auditorium. Meeting information and virtual log in can be found on the website's main page located in the scrolling banner at the top of the page.

History

The Board of Supervisors is developing a thoughtful, well-rounded, short-term rental ordinance that properly balances the interests of property owners with the desire to avoid rogue rentals. This ordinance discussion has materialized because of the Slice of Life Decision on April 26, 2019, which, according to the way the township's ordinance is written, makes short-term rentals (STRs) illegal in Tobyhanna Township with the exception of hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Draft Ordinance

Monroe County developed a model ordinance on STRs, which many townships have altered slightly and adopted. Tobyhanna Township used Jackson Township's ordinance as their starting point, and has edited portions of it to reflect the opinions expressed at short-term rental work sessions. The draft ordinance provided in the right pane is a living document, and is provided to the public to augment discourse during work sessions. This ordinance has not been enacted, and will change after every meeting.

Get Involved

Public involvement is paramount to the development of a thoughtful, viable ordinance. Whether you are a homeowner, host, realtor, or renter, your opinion is important. Upcoming meetings for STR discussions are posted at the top of this page, and we highly encourage you to attend.

If you are unable to attend the meetings, we still encourage your participation. Please direct all correspondence regarding the Short Term Rental Ordinance to: STRcomments@tobyhannatownshippa.gov. Thank you for taking an interest in the development of this ordinance.