Flory said Clear Lake currently has about 50 vacation and short-term rentals permitted within the city, and he anticipates that number to grow.

The City Council unanimously approved a service partnership agreement with Bergland and Cram to inspect and review all vacation rental properties in Clear Lake to ensure they’re compliant with local, state and national residential building codes.

Per the agreement, it will coordinate inspection times, complete inspections and provide a report to the city approving the applicant or noting discrepancies.

Flory said working with Bergland and Cram will allow the city to provide a “more thorough and more enhanced inspection process than what we’re able to do in-house.”

Bergland and Cram, which will allocate two professionals to complete the inspections, is charging the city $450 per inspection.

The increase in the permit application fee is nothing more than covering the city’s cost, Flory said.

“It’s covering the cost of an outside firm to do the inspection and then a little bit of our time to coordinate managing that process,” he said.

Vacation rental permits expire annually on Sept. 30, and Bergland and Cram plans to complete compliance inspections on permit renewals between January and March.