(a)   No person, including, but not limited to, an owner, operator, manager, or employee shall engage in, conduct, or carry on, or permit to be engaged in, conducted or carried on, in or upon any premises in the Village of Middlefield, the operation of a short-term rental in a calendar year, without obtaining a permit in accordance with this Chapter. It shall be prima facie evidence of a short-term rental operation if a short-term rental guest is found to be occupying or using a short-term rental or if a residence has been placed on any hosting platform for short-term purposes.
   (b)   Any application for a new short-term rental permit may be submitted at any time to the Zoning Inspector, or his/her designee. If the application is approved and a permit is issued, the short-term rental permit shall take effect on the day of issuance and shall expire on December 31st of the year in which it was issued.
   (c)   A permit to operate a short-term rental shall be renewed by the applicant before the end of each calendar year. The deadline for submitting an application for renewal shall be the first Monday of November of the year in which the permit is set to expire. Failure to renew shall result in expiration of the short-term rental permit on December 31st. If a short-term rental permit is successfully and timely renewed, it shall be in effect for one calendar year, beginning on January 1st and expiring on December 31st of the same year.
(Ord. 23-120. Passed 6-8-23.)