City officials want to make people who rent out spare rooms in their homes on sites like Airbnb get one of two special permits.
The city’s own data, however, shows a resident can plan on waiting about a year to get one of those permits.
Hosts who rent rooms in their homes on a short-term basis would need either a neighborhood use permit or a conditional use permit, depending on the neighborhood in which they live.
Lots of other businesses already need to get those permits, which are required when someone wants to use property in a way that’s different than existing regulations. So things like auto shops, recycling yards, sidewalk cafes, veterinary clinics, museums, senior housing and others already have to get them.