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Exclusion (X) Combining District

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In a Vacation Rental Exclusion (X) Combining District, existing legally permitted vacation rentals may continue but their permits will expire upon sale or transfer of the property. No further applications for vacation rentals will be accepted within the Vacation Rental Exclusion (X) Combining District Areas. Areas where there are Vacation Rental restrictions may be seen on our Vacation Rental Map Viewer or you may look up your property's Zoning Code designation (properties with an "X" are within an Exclusion Combining District). Hosted rentals may still be conducted in these areas.

Joining an Exclusion (X) Combining District

Property owners can apply to re-zone their property to add the Exclusion (X) Combining District.

Applications should include how the proposed Zone Change (addition of the Vacation Rental Exclusion (X) Combining Zone) would be consistent with the Sonoma County General Plan and Zoning Regulations.

Zoning Regulations

The Vacation Rental Exclusion (X) Combining Zone may be placed on parcels where one or more of the following criteria are met:

  1. there is inadequate road access or off-street parking;
  2. the prevalence of vacation rentals is detrimental to the residential character of neighborhoods;
  3. the housing stock should be protected from conversion to visitor-serving uses;
  4. there is a significant fire hazard due to topography, access or vegetation;
  5. the residential character is to be preserved or preferred; and
  6. other areas where the Board of Supervisors determines that it is in the public interest to prohibit the establishment and operation of vacation rentals.

Proposal statements should include a discussion of whether and in what way the area proposed for the X Combining Zone has inadequate road access or off-street parking, a significant fire hazard, a residential character to be preserved, or housing that would be lost to commercial uses.

The following documents must be submitted: