- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Maui officials are looking to encourage residents who are illegally operating vacation rentals to go through the permitting process.

The Maui News reports (http://bit.ly/1nPfeIe) a bill would allow a six-month grace period for residents who may otherwise have faced a five-year ban on renting their properties for not having gone through the county’s process, established in 2012.

The bill makes other adjustments, like increasing the number of vacation rentals that can be permitted in one area before an application is sent to the planning commission for approval. The goal is to reduce the burden on the commission, where vacation rental applications have taken up roughly a third of its agenda items since 2013.

Officials meet again Feb. 18 and discuss enforcement before the bill goes to the council for review.

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Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com

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