City of Gearhart

Maintaining the quality and liveability of our community.

Educational Forum – Gearhart Dune Vegetation

**Reports, letters, and mapping below


Ecologist Reports:

Expert Attestment Letters:

Noxious Weed Mapping:

Short Term Rental Permit Deadline

Dear Property Owners:

You may have been advertising a vacation rental on the internet or by testimony have acknowledged you have been renting your property as a vacation rental. If you wish to continue as a vacation rental you must apply for a vacation rental permit during the one time open application period that ends Friday, December 16, 2016. After December 16th if you have not applied for a permit and continue to rent you will be in violation of Article 7 Vacation Rental Standards and Procedures of the Gearhart Zoning Ordinance and subject to a $500 fine for each day of offence.

To apply for a permit you must first establish grandfather status by paying the city 7% room tax on your rental income, the tax took effect April 1, 2016. This can be done by completing a Transient Room Tax Operator Registration Form and Transient Room Tax Collection Return and pay the tax before the open enrollment deadline. You must also complete the Vacation Rental Dwelling Permit Initial Application, Local Representative Certification, and Homeowners Association affidavit form and submit the $725.00 application fee ($600 application fee and $125 inspection fee). You will have until June 14, 2017 to complete the balance of the requirements for a permit.
You may obtain a copy of the vacation rental dwelling permit forms and instructional handout in any of the following ways:
• Download the forms at the City of Gearhart website on the “Gearhart Vacation Rental Dwelling Program page
• Request forms be emailed or mailed to you by either emailing or calling the planning department at the City of Gearhart 503-738-5501, or
• Coming into City Hall to pick up an application packet.

City of Gearhart

Chad Sweet
Chad Sweet
Code Enforcement Officer

Mayor’s Retirement Party

A retirement party for Mayor Dianne Widdop is scheduled Thursday, December 15th from 5pm to 7pm at the McMenamins Sandtrap Pub in the Livingstone’s Room.

Come celebrate Dianne’s almost 24 years of volunteer service to the City of Gearhart.

Coffee, punch, and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.  A no host bar will also be available for adult beverages.

Save The Date – Town Hall

Gearhart City Council will host a Town Hall meeting to discuss the beach dunes.  The panel discussion will be about the vegetation growing on the dunes and how and if the city should manage it.

  • Who – All are invited.
  • Where – Gearhart Fire Department.
  • When – Thursday, January 5th, 6:30 p.m.

More information to follow.