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Bed and breakfast owners need special use permit to host events

COVINGTON — To ensure bed and breakfast owners don’t host large events in the future without the city’s permission, the Covington City Council added an amendment to the use regulations on Monday.

The text amendment says the owner will need to seek a “separate special-use permit as an accessory, events facility in order to host an event for guests and non-residents on the property of the bed and breakfast inn.”

Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams asked if the owner will need to apply for the special-use permit for each event, but City Planner Scott Gaither said the permit extends through the life of the property.

If the bed and breakfast is sold to another owner and continues to operate as an inn, the permit is still applicable.

The text amendment was added as a result of Twelve Oaks owner Nicole Greer allowing weddings and receptions in addition to her bed and breakfast business on Monticello Street.

Residents began complaining about the noise and parking issues due to the large events. Greer went through a rezoning process in order to host the events.

Although the council approved the removal of the word “only” from her “bed and breakfast only” use permit, many conditions such as no on-street parking and a minimum of 200 people allowed were applied to her request.

The new text amendment approved by the council unanimously provides the city some insurance that any future bed and breakfast owners cannot host events without the city knowing ahead of time.