Lander relaxing some rules for the big #wyoclipse week
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The City of Lander is aiming to make a few processes simpler for the big Aug. 21 eclipse. The Lander City Council is expected to suspend several ordinances to cut out some of the usual red tape.
Pending a vote by the council on Aug. 8, the following typical no-nos will be allowed for Aug. 16 – 23.
#1: Temporary dwelling. Usually, the city does not allow any vehicle, temporary structure or accessory structure (like a garage or shed) be used for occupancy for more than 96 hours at a time. But for all you people having company, backyard campers, and temporary tenants, this won’t be a problem for the week.
#2: The bed and breakfast ordinance. Per the city’s rules, a conditional use permit is required for any lodging rentals in residential zones for periods of fewer than 30 days. This means during normal times, you aren’t allowed to Airbnb your house, or rent out a room, without a special permit. But to help residents capitalize on the big event, if you’re renting out space for the eclipse, they won’t charge you for a permit. NOTE: The State is still requiring sales tax be collected for rentals, but they too are waiving the normal license fee.
#3: You know how you can’t park your camper or mobile home on the street for an extended period of time without getting a ticket? Well, you won’t have to worry about that during the eclipse either. Normally you can’t have a trailer, camper, mobile home, or other large machinery parked on a street for more than three days in a seven day period. But for this event, visitors and residents alike won’t have to worry about getting ticketed.