DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The city of Dothan is taking a stance on short-term vacation rentals like VRBOs and Airbnbs.

According to Dothan City Manager, Kevin Cowper, Dothan is in the beginning stages to create an ordinance and regulate the 80 to 100 short-term rentals that are throughout the Circle City. The issues that the city and many residents have with these rentals are that they don’t add to the lodging tax and have major effects on the surrounding properties.

The regulations will require the VRBOs (vacation rentals by owner) or Airbnbs to have a minimum distance between short-term rentals in a neighborhood. The ordinance will also require parking and have occupancy maximums, which would be two people per bedroom.

“One, protect existing neighborhoods, two, promote business opportunities, three to collect lodging taxes from these uses,” Cowper said.

At this time, additional research is being conducted. The commission is also looking at different options, as well as hoping to get community input to make a final discussion.

Cowper says the commission could have an official ordinance in just a couple of months.