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May 2023 Town News Update


General Plan Update is on the move!

The Town is well into its General Plan Update process and held its second Community Workshop on April 26, 2023.  This workshop provided an overview of the Community Survey and opportunities for the public to validate General Plan goals and confirm the Plan’s Vision Statement.  However, there is always an opportunity to provide feedback!  Please head to the Town’s web site  and check out how to get involved.  We’d love to hear from you!


Licensing for short-term/vacation rental properties is now open!

Carefree Ordinance 2022-03 was adopted unanimously by the Town Council in February of this year as a means to address common problems associated with short-term/vacation rentals.  The Ordinance requires rental property owners/operators to obtain a Carefree Permit for each property and comply with several safety, health and neighborhood notification requirements.  The annual license fee is $250 per property. Before offering for rent or renting a short-term/vacation rental within the Town, the Owner of that short-term rental, or that Owner’s Representative, shall (i) register the short-term/vacation rental with the Town, (ii) obtain a valid Permit, and (iii) obtain a valid transaction privilege tax license under A.R.S. Title 42.  The Town’s permit applies only to rentals of less than 30 days.  Carefree desires to work with all hosts, guests, and neighbors to maintain the Town’s attractive lifestyle.  However, if you have not submitted for this permit, you are in violation of Town Code:  https://carefree.org/short-term-vacation-rentals 

For questions regarding the Permit process, please reach out to Dennis Randolph, Town Code Enforcement Officer, at dennis@carefree.org or at 480-488-3686.

MAY 2023 Important Dates:

  • May 16 - Special Election Day
  • May 18 - Town Budget Workshop #1
  • May 25 - Town Budget Workshop #2
  • May 29 - Memorial Day Tribute
  • May 29 - Town Hall Closed in observance of Memorial Day
  • May 29 - Jun 4 - Carefree Restaurant Week


Town Calendars:

Official Meeting Calendar

Town Events Calendar