Supes will vote to tighten Vacation Rental rules

Posted on July 29, 2022 by Sonoma Valley Sun

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will consider updates to the Vacation Rental Ordinance at its Aug. 2 meeting, including establishing a license permit program and permanent caps on vacation rentals in some areas.

Changes for adoption by the County Planning Commission include:

  • Prohibiting vacation rentals in rural residential (R1-zoned) neighborhoods.

  • Creating the ability to designate areas where the Board of Supervisors can institute a 5 percent cap.

  • Creating a Vacation Rental License that will be required for operating a vacation rental.

  • Implementing more restrictive standards for structures, parking and occupancy.

  • Adding a Vacation Rental Program to the Local Coastal Plan.

  • Requiring a Vacation Rental License for operation.

  • Restricting licenses to properties owned by natural persons or trusts.

  • Limiting Vacation Rental Licenses to one per individual.

Vacation rentals are defined as the rental of a private residence for periods of 30 days or less. Vacation Rentals do not include bed and breakfast inns or hosted rentals permitted in accordance with the Sonoma County Code for B&Bs and hosted rentals or occasional home exchanges that are not otherwise subject to the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT).

The updates to the ordinance reflect direction from the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and input from members of the public. Permit Sonoma staff held more than 20 meetings, including with every Municipal Advisory Council in the county, did outreach in conjunction with Sonoma County’s Housing Element Update, and held extensive meetings with stakeholder and industry groups.

 Information on how to participate in the meeting and meeting materials can be found on the Board of Supervisors meeting agenda.

To submit comments to project planners, or to review project files digitally, send an email to [email protected], call (707) 565-1900, option 5, or visit the Vacation Rental Update project website.

One thought on “Supes will vote to tighten Vacation Rental rules

  1. How about adding that the person applying for the permit must live right next door to the rental and must be at home while the rental is occupied

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