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Vacation Rentals

Apply for a Vacation Rental or Hosted Rental permit, become certified as a Property Manager, make a complaint about a Vacation Rental in unincorporated Sonoma County.

  • Published on December 8, 2017

    If you are a Vacation Rental owner who has made your home available to fire victims, we thank you for offering a roof to those who no longer have one. If you have been considering making your rental home available to fire victims, we would like to encourage you do so now. Transitioning your vacation rental property to long-term use will not jeopardize your ability to resume operation of your vacation rental in the future. If you are currently or planning to offer your Vacation Rental for long-term use, please fill out the Vacation Rental Housing Recovery Response form.  

  • Published on January 9, 2017

    Vacation Rentals: All property managers must be certified by January 1, 2018 or the Vacation Rental Permit for the property will be expired. If you serve as the property manager or the 24-hour contact for one or more Vacation Rentals within unincorporated Sonoma County, you are required to take this course and pass the test. (Managers of hotels, motels, campgrounds, or hosted rentals do not need to take this certification course.)

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Vacation Rentals vs. Hosted Rentals

Vacation

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.

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Hosted

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.

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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

Contact Information

Business Hours
Monday – Tuesday,
Thursday – Friday
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Holiday Closure Calendar

Contact us by Phone
Address
Permit Sonoma
2550 Ventura Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465225, -122.723293

More Resources

Sonoma County Transient Occupancy Tax
Information and Forms

Permit History Lookup
Find out if an address has a Vacation Rental Permit, and find out the Property Manager's 24/7 phone number.

Zoning Information
Find out your property's zoning or if the Williamson Act Land Contract applies.