Hello. My wife and I are building a vacation cabin in Ohio for our family.
It's a 2 bedroom custom ranch at 1600 sq ft with an unfinished walkout basement.
We have planned on renting it out as an air bnb anytime our family is not using it. When aep went to run our electric they told us we needed a commercial building permit since we will use our home for transient rental per 2017 ohio commercial building code section 3.10.3. On transient rental.
So we called the state and they confirmed that if we will rent our vacation home we must have a commercial permit. They now want us to submit engineer stamped plans to the state for review and want us to stop our home construction. They say that this also requires us to comply with ada compliance according to the state of ohio which may require us to modify our build plans during this review.
Has anyone else with an air bnb in ohio experienced this.
At this point we have contacted an attorney to help us through this.
@Matt4122While there may be people who may have similar experience as you do, they are far and in between. Your concerns are simply too specific and well beyond the scope of the community center.
However, while I'm not condoning circumventing laws and looking for loopholes, it begs several questions: 1. There are people building cabins for personal use, therefore there would be no need to comply with commercial building codes and ADA. You probably told someone of your intentions so of course they get to dictate what you do moving forward. How then would they know that you're operating a business out of it? 2. There are cabins already in existence in operation that I'm sure didn't comply with commercial building code and ADA. Can we presume they were grandfathered in, ignored, and what not?
Sounds like you need a planning consultant rather than a lawyer.
in the UK we always need to submit plans to build property to our local government to apply for planning permission - is it not the same in the US?