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Auburn planning commission sends Airbnb ordinance to City Council

By Richard Chang

rchang@sacbee.com

October 24, 2014 09:31 AM

Auburn’s Planning Commission this week unanimously approved an ordinance that seeks to regulate home sharing operations like Airbnb.

Under the rules, homeowners who rent out spare rooms to travelers through Airbnb or its competitors would be required to obtain a license with the city. If the ordinance is approved by the City Council on Nov. 10, Auburn would become the first jurisdiction in the Sacramento region to attempt oversight of this budding industry.

Auburn Mayor Bridget Powers said Thursday she hasn’t decided whether to support the measure. But in an earlier interview, the mayor warned that “too much regulation is not good.”

Airbnb, a 6-year-old San Francisco startup, has upended the highly regulated hotel business, essentially allowing anyone with an Internet connection and a spare bedroom to become a hotelier.

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Call The Bee’s Richard Chang at (916) 321-1018. Follow him on Twitter @RichardYChang.