WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) Maui Mayor Charmaine Tavares has signed into law a bill capping the number of Valley Isle bed and breakfast permits at 400.
The law streamlines the permit application process and limits the number of permits available in each region.
Only 48 permits will be available for Hana and 100 in South Maui.
The Lanai and Molokai planning commissions will consider permit applications on those islands.
Under old rules, a bed and breakfast permit required a detailed application and a public hearing.
But the county didn't enforce the rules for many years and unpermitted bed-and-breakfasts proliferated.
The council is due to consider a separate bill governing vacation rentals this year.
Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.
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