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Vacation Rental Ordinance Update

On August 2, 2022, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved updates to the Vacation Rental Ordinance, including:

  • a prohibition on new vacation rentals in R1-zoned (low-density residential) areas,
  • allowing for caps to be placed on vacation rentals in areas of concentration,
  • establishing restrictions on corporate ownership of vacation rentals,
  • limit Vacation Rental Licenses to one license per property owner,
  • and incorporating the Vacation Rental Licenses and performance standards in Local Coastal Plan for rentals in the Coastal Zone.

The moratorium on new vacation rental permit applications that has been in place since May 10 is set to continue, potentially through May 9, 2023. Applications that were submitted prior to May 10, 2022, will be able to move forward under the regulations at the time of submittal.

Note: Existing vacation rentals will not be affected by the ownership or zoning changes.

Vacation rentals are the rental of a detached single family dwelling 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 Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT). Vacation rentals must have a Certified Vacation Property Manager and meet Performance Standards to ensure compatibility with surrounding residential uses.

Coastal Zone: The Vacation Rental Ordinance Update has not been certified by the California Coastal Commission and is not applicable to rentals in the Coastal Zone. However, the owners of Coastal Zone vacation rentals must register to pay Transient Occupancy Tax.

Hosted Rentals and B & Bs

Hosted rentals are the rental of a single room or sleeping area within a single-family dwelling, where the property owner remains in residence (Bed & Breakfasts). Learn more about Hosted Rental regulations and apply for a Hosted Rental Permit at the Hosted Rental and B & Bs page.

Vacation Rental Ordinances

Review the current and previous Vacation Rental ordinances on the Vacation Rental Ordinances page.

Vacation Rental Permit Application and Process

Learn about the current restrictions on new vacation rental permit applications, the process for getting a Vacation Rental Permit, and how to apply on the Vacation Rental Permit Application page.

Vacation Rental Fees

Vacation Rental Permit holders pay submittal, annual monitoring, and other fees. Learn about what fees are required for Vacation Rental Permits and how to pay them on the Vacation Rental Permit page.

Property Manager Information

A property manager who is certified by Sonoma County is required for all vacation rental properties. More information on the property manager requirement, certification process and materials, updating property manager contact information, and reporting forms can be found on our Property Manager page.

Vacation Rentals vs. Hosted Rentals

Vacation Hosted

Vacation rentals are 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 Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT).

Vacation rentals must have a Certified Vacation Property Manager and meet Performance Standards to ensure compatibility with surrounding residential uses.

Read More About Vacation Rentals

Hosted rentals are the rental of a single room or sleeping area within a single-family dwelling, where the property owner remains in residence.

Hosted rentals do not include vacation rentals permitted in accordance with the Sonoma County Code for vacation rentals, or occasional home exchanges that are not otherwise subject to Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT).

Hosted rentals must meet Performance Standards to ensure compatibility with surrounding residential uses.

Read More About Hosted Rentals

Complaints

If you experience problems with a nearby vacation rental property in unincorporated Sonoma County, there is a process for submitting a complaint about that vacation rental property.

Learn More About the Complaint Process

Violations

Information is for property owners who have received a violation notice for Operating a Vacation Rental without the required zoning permit or Operating a Hosted Rental without a required zoning permit.

Vacation Rental and Hosted Rental Violations