Ordinance 2020-2002 Amendment Relating to Short Term Rentals:
Short Term Rental of secondary properties has always been illegal in Michiana Shores.
The new Ordinance allows for legal rental of secondary residences short term with a zoning variance and approved permit subject to occupancy limits and other noted provisions.
No property can be rented without a permit. Failure to have a permit with continued rental will result in a fine of $2500.00.
All legally compliant short term rentals will be issue a high visibility window permit that must be displayed to avoid a citation, and to inform residents of the approved status. The Permit will include a name and 24 HR emergency number visible for all to contact if issues arise.
The link to the Ordinance Amendment can be found above.
Here is the pertinent information to obtain a Short Term Rental Permit.You may print off and complete the application that is included.
As a part of the process used in applying for the Short Term Rental Permit, you must apply to the BZA of the Town of Michiana Shores for a Variance.
---The information that you must provide is listed on the document, Petition for Variance for the Board of Zoning Appeals Town of Michiana Shores.
---Please go to the Municipal Code of the Town, Title 2, Article 1, Chapter 3, for information on the Board of Zoning Appeals. (1-3-2-2, page 19.)
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You will be answered as promptly as possible.
We will be adding corrections and revisions to the Code as quickly as we can.
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There is NO PARKING allowed ON ROADWAYS. Because of the narrow streets, cars must be parked completely off of roadways for safety purposes. Fire trucks and other emergency vehicles have difficulty navigating the narrow roads. Again, you must not park with even 2 wheels on the roadway. This is an enforced ordinance.
Before picking up a hammer or a nail, you MUST contact Building Commissioner Steve Thomas (who will be the contact until the building department has re-organized). This includes any type of building: new home, remodeling, sheds, fences, anything!
NOTHING is to be placed on the roads (pavement). No yard debris, leaves, tree limbs, snow, ice etc. Please inform your landscape and snow removal providers. There is a FINE!
SIGNS: Contractor signs may appear on your property while work is being conducted. After work is complete, these signs must be removed. All signs MUST be outside the Town Right of Way/Public Utility Easement, usually 10, even 15 in from the edge of the pavement. The actual Sign Ordinance is available in the Town office.
Spring Cleaning Your Property
As you clean up your property this spring, please do not plan on dumping the waste on any of the overgrown, uninhabited properties around Michiana Shores. As a responsible
homeowner and citizen of Michiana Shores, DO NOT DUMP!
(There is a fine of $100 for each violation.)
To All Residents!
If you should see or hear ANYTHING at ANYTIME, that appears suspicious in nature or unusual, do NOT hesitate to call the police!
(This is a 'public service announcement!')