The Bath City Council will review a proposed change to the definition of a bed and breakfast establishment and hear a presentation from the Bath Housing Authority during its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, at Bath City Hall.

The amendment, proposed by Inn at Bath innkeeper Elizabeth Knowlton, would allow not just an owner, but a live-in manager to occupy the dwelling as their main residence and to oversee all activities and business of the bed and breakfast.

Currently, according to the city’s Land Use Code, a bed and breakfast is defined as a dwelling occupied by the owner as their principal place of residence that accommodates paying guests for a limited duration with sleeping and dining facilities; payable on a per-diem basis; having less than 10 rooms and in which some bath, sitting and dining rooms are used in common by all guests

All dining facilities are limited to use by overnight guests of that particular establishment, the Land Use Code states. All of the bed and breakfast activities and the residence of the owner must be in the same building and may be only in one building.

The council will determine whether to refer the proposal to the Planning Board for a public hearing, unless the council determines the application lacks merit.

Knowlton proposed the change in the event an owner of a bed and breakfast would like to employ a live-in manager.

In other business, the council will:

  • Appoint Karen Ray and Judy Martin to the Bath Housing Authority board of directors, resident representatives, to 5-year terms
  • Review a proposal to adopt an updated edition of the National Fire Protection Association’s Life Safety Code
  • Review a proposal to adopt the a new NFPA Fire Code that contains building safety requirements

The Bath City Council meets again in May.