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Vacation Rentals

Apply for a Vacation Rental or Hosted Rental permit, become a Certified Property Manger, make a complaint about a Vacation Rental in unincorporated Sonoma County.

  • Published on December 6, 2017

    Acceptance and processing of applications for new vacation rental permits will be suspended for an additional 60 days (beginning December 5, 2017). The suspension is issued via ordinance by the Board of Supervisors to facilitate emergency housing for persons displaced by the Sonoma Complex Fire. The moratorium no longer includes hosted rentals or new vacation rental permits in the Russian River Planning Area. The suspension may be extended by the Board of Supervisors. More Information

  • 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.

Read More About Vacation Rentals

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.

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

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.

 

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