I rent out a master bedroom in my basement through Airbnb, in Washington state, U.S. When I applied for a business license with my city, I received a call stating that I would need to install a sprinkler system. I wasn’t sure what to say so just listened, too stunned to respond. The next week I received a letter restating the requirements.
I need some advice on how to proceed. I have no experience working with city government and am concerned that I may inadvertently say the wrong thing if I go in and speak with them about this. I know they’re requiring this based on the hotel code as there are no requirements in the municipal code for Airbnb’s and I am the first in this city.
Has anyone else been required to install a sprinkler system? Is it possible that I don’t actually need a business license to run my Airbnb?
Thanks for your help!