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Short-Term Rentals in the Commission's Service Area

Last Updated: April 18, 2024

Draft Rule Changes – Public Comment Rebuttal Period

The Commission posted its proposed rule changes regarding short-term rentals to a 45-day public comment period that closed April 17, 2024. Written comments were received from 47 individual parties. A 14-day rebuttal period is currently open. Written rebuttals must be submitted by May 1, 2024.

Please send written rebuttal comments to or by postal mail to: Maine Land Use Planning Commission, Attn: Stacy Benjamin, 22 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0022.


Short-term rentals have a deep history in rural Maine. The rise of user-friendly online reservation platforms and evolving traveler preferences have contributed to the growing popularity of short-term rentals in the Commission's service area. While short-term rental activity can bring positive economic effects, it can also create nuisances for neighbors and have environmental impacts. The Commission has been studying short-term rental activity and exploring potential regulatory options.

During the summer of 2023, the Commission gathered information on how short-term rental activity affects residents and visitors in the area it serves. As part of this process, the Commission sought feedback on a potential regulatory approach for short-term rentals. Commission staff facilitated in-person community meetings in the Millinocket, Moosehead, and Rangeley regions, as these are areas of significant short-term rental activity. A virtual meeting and a written public comment period were also held. The written public comment period closed on August 15, 2023.

The Commission used the information and feedback obtained through its outreach to evaluate and refine its recommended regulatory approach for short-term rentals.

Materials on Short-Term Rentals

The table below contains links to materials relevant to short-term rentals (STRs) in the Commission’s service area and to the short-term rental study. The most recent materials appear at the top of the table. The table will be updated whenever new materials are available.

Date Project Update or Event File Links
April 18, 2024 Public Comments Received
February 28, 2024 Posted to Public Comment – Comment period closed April 17, 2024
February 7, 2024 Staff Recommendation to Post Draft Rule Changes for Public Comment
November 8, 2023 Commission Presentation and Discussion of Short-term Rentals
November 1, 2023 Summary of All Comments Received and Recommended Next Steps
July 13, 2023 Rangeley Region Community Meeting
June 29, 2023 Moosehead Area Community Meeting
June 15, 2023 Millinocket Area Community Meeting
June 15, 2023 Community Meetings Begin
May 10, 2023 Update on STRs in the LUPC Service Area – Presentation to the Commission
May 4, 2023 Update on STRs in the LUPC Service Area – Memo to the Commission
March 8, 2023 STRs in the LUPC Service Area - Presentation
March 1, 2023 STRs in the LUPC Service Area – Memo to the Commission