The Rockland City Council is scheduled to vote Feb. 12 on imposing a temporary cap on non-owner occupied short-term rentals.

In addition, the council will consider whether to impose a $5,000 fine for the operators of non-owner short-term rentals who rent out without first getting a permit from the city.

The council voted 4-1 (Councilor Adam Ackor opposed) at its Jan. 8 meeting in favor of imposing a temporary cap of 45 non-owner-occupied short-term rentals. There are currently 41 non-owner-occupied short-term rentals that have received permits from the city, meaning an additional four will be allowed if final approval is given at the council's Feb. 12 meeting.

At their Feb. 5 agenda-setting meeting, councilors questioned whether current permit holders would be grandfathered from the cap since the approval given by the city is only for a year.

Councilor Lisa Westkaemper expressed reservations about the cap. She suggested if there is one that instead of first-come, first-served on permits in following years that a lottery be held.

Councilor Ed Glaser said owners would likely want to know they can get a permit in subsequent years since people who rent may want to return in the following year.

No decisions were made Feb. 5 but a debate is expected to continue at the Monday, Feb. 12 meeting.

The $5,000 fine for property owners who rent out their homes or rooms on a short-term basis and who do not live there is 10 times the amount of the fine ($500) for violators who live on site.