Mayor Blangiardi signs Bill 41 in move to protect O‘ahu neighborhoods
News Release from City and County of Honolulu, April 26, 2022
HONOLULU – In a beach park along one of the island’s most popular coastlines, Mayor Rick Blangiardi signed Bill 41 into law on Tuesday afternoon, aiming to help protect communities on O‘ahu from the negative impacts of short-term rental properties and the influx of visitors that occupy them.
“This is about protecting our place. First and foremost, this is about getting our residential neighborhoods back,” said Mayor Rick Blangiardi. “Our neighborhoods have clearly been disrupted by the thousands of vacation rentals that have operated outside of the designated resort areas. This is a form of managing tourism, but it’s also about getting housing back on the market and protecting the natural resources on O‘ahu for decades to come.”
The measure was passed by the Honolulu City Council on April 13, 2022 by a vote of 8-to-1. Tuesday’s ceremony at Kailua Beach Park was attended by Councilmember Esther Kia‘āina (District 3), the Vice Chair of the Honolulu City Council, and Councilmember Brandon Elefante (District 8), chair of the City Council’s Zoning and Planning Committee.
By limiting rental bookings lasting fewer than 90 days to designated resort areas – including the communities near Ko Olina in West O‘ahu and the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore, as well as certain districts of Waikīkī – Bill 41 will help return housing inventory to both the long-term rental and for-sale marketplaces.
Bill 41 will go into effect 180 days from Tuesday, April 26, 2022 – on October 23, 2022.
To watch video of today’s ceremony, please click here.
To read the full version of Bill 41, please click here. The signed version of the bill will be posted after it has been processed by the City Clerk.