Bed & Breakfast
Bed and Breakfasts are allowed in all residential districts, but only in single-family dwellings or one unit of duplexes. The owner or manager of the B&B must live in the same dwelling unit as the patrons. A B&B is "intended to be a minor and incidental commercial activity," so there are restrictions on the number of rooms that can be offered for rent and the size and type of sign that can be used.
B&Bs with three or fewer guest rooms are governed by AMC 21.45.250. A biennial operating permit from the Municipality is required. Application Form: Bed and Breakfast / Roominghouse Permit
B&Bs with four guest rooms are governed by AMC 21.45.255. In addition to the annual operating permit, an administrative site plan review from the Planning Department is required. This review insures that the B&B operation is compatible with the surrounding neighborhood and that adequate public services are available. Application Form: Site Plan Review Form
B&Bs with five guest rooms are conditional uses and require a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission. The standards of approval are found in AMC 21.50.020. Application Form: Conditional Use Form.
You are welcome to contact Land Use Enforcement to see if a particular B&B has a current operating permit. Of course, we cannot recommend any commercial enterprise to the public - but you may wish to contact the following organizations for more information:
Anchorage Alaska Bed and Breakfast Association
Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau (dba Visit Anchorage)
Alaska Travel Industry Association
If you use the online version of the code, try searching on "21.45.250" "21.45.255" or "21.50.020" for more information. Please note that recent amendments may not have been published yet.