Short Term Rentals
The City Council adopted rules and regulations regarding the permitting of Vacation Rentals and Homestays. This page is intended to be a helpful location for members of the public to access the City’s most recent regulations regarding Short Term Rentals. If you have any questions about Short Term Rentals, please contact the Community Development Department at (805) 473-5420.
A vacation rental is defined as a “structure being rented for less than thirty (30) days without concurrently being occupied by the owner/operator where the short-term lodging is provided for compensation, whereas a homestay is defined as
If there are issues with the operation of a vacation rental, please start by notifying the listed emergency contact person for the vacation rental. If you are unable to reach a resolution to the issues with the emergency contact person, please contact the Police Department at 805-473-5100. We also request that you notify Community Development staff by calling 805-473-5420. If an approved Vacation Rental continually causes disturbances in their neighborhood, revocation of their permit is a possibility.
Both homestays and vacation rentals are permitted with the approval of a Minor Use Permit – Plot Plan Review. Application for Short Term Rentals can be submitted through the City’s Permit Portal. To apply, please select “Apply for a Permit” underneath “Planning Permits.” You will then select “Plot Plan Review” from the list of available permit types. The application fee for Plot Plan Reviews can be found on the City’s Master Fee Schedule.
The Community Development Director is authorized to approve Minor Use Permit applications for both vacation rentals and homestays. Approvals may be granted when an application demonstrates compliance with the performance standards and special conditions applicable to short term rentals. Upon the approval of a permit for vacation rentals, Community Development staff will mail postcards to property owners within 300 feet of the subject property notifying them of the approval. The postcard includes basic information about the project and contact information for the emergency contact identified by the applicant to address disturbances at the property when it is being rented. Information about the appeal process is also included.
The appeal period for Short Term Rentals is based upon the date of approval of the permit. From the date of approval, an appeal must be filed within ten (10) calendar days of the approval date or by 5:00 pm on the day following the Planning Commission meeting on which the approval is reported on the Planning Commission agenda, whichever is longer.
The form to appeal a decision made by the Community Development Director can be found here. This form lists the applicable appeal fee as well as the requirement to provide mailing labels at the time the appeal is submitted.