Short-Term Rentals

Short-Term Rental Ad Hoc Committee

The City of Lewes has a considerable and increasing number of vacation rental properties within its boundaries. The nationwide trend has brought increased income to communities, including our own. But it has brought increased pressures on our City, as well: expanded need for trash removal, recycling and police services; increased traffic; parking issues and pressures on quality of life in general. 

The Short-Term Rental Ad Hoc Committee is gathering information on the impacts of short-term rentals on the City of Lewes. The Committee will provide recommendations to Mayor and City Council regarding possible changes to the taxing structure imposed on these rentals and to related regulations and services. The Committee will address the following areas in its review:  

  • Possible zoning options to help manage short-term rentals
  • Possible need for additional regulations to manage short-term rentals
  • Possible need to differentiate the GRRT rate for short-term rentals versus long-term rentals 
  • Possible need to revise the licensing fees and requirements for short-term rentals


The City of Lewes currently collects a 5% Gross Receipts Rental Tax (GRRT) on all residential rental properties. 

Recognizing that different areas of the City have different needs and challenges, the Committee is considering each area in its zonal context. These contexts are: Lewes Beach (R3 and R3[H]), downtown Lewes (R4 and R4[H] and TC and TC[H]) and the other residential areas (R2, R2[H], R1, and R5). Note: Descriptions of the zoning districts can be found at:

Gross Receipts Rental Tax (GRRT)  Zoning Map can be found here.


The Committee is accepting public input so that regulations developed as a result of the Committee's work meets the needs of the entire City. Recognizing that different areas of the City have different needs and challenges, the Committee has determined that it will review different geographic contexts of the City. These contexts include: Lewes Beach (R3 and R3(H) zones), downtown Lewes (R4, R4(H), TC and TC(H) zones), and other residential areas (R2, R2(H), R1, and R5 zones). 

To help collect public comment, we have created a comment form. The form is not an anonymous survey, but rather an opportunity to submit input. Name and address fields are required to complete the form so that we can give proper weight to the comments submitted by residents and property owners within Lewes. 

Online Comments - 8/16/2022 at 9:50 a.m. 

Online Comments - 8/9/2022 at 10:15 a.m.

Online Comments - 7/26/2022 at 9:57 a.m.

Online Comments - 7/25/2022 at 4:30 p.m.
Online Comments - 7/25/2022 at 12:45 p.m.

Public Comments

Committee Members 

Carolyn Jones, Chair - Councilperson 

Candace Vessella - Councilperson

Winnie Kee - Resident

Tonya Flickinger - Owner of short-term rental

Don Long - Resident

Ann Marie Townshend - City Manager 

Ellen Lorraine McCabe - Assistant City Manager/Finance Officer

COmmittee Meetings

August 9, 2022

July 26, 2022

July 14, 2022

June 28, 2022

June 14, 2022

 May 16, 2022