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Vacation & Hosted Rentals

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

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Vacation Rental Urgency Ordinance

View full text of ordinance to temporarily cap the number of whole-house vacation rental permits in unincorporated Sonoma County.

Short-term Rental Limitations Health Order

Updates to the Sonoma County Health Officer’s Shelter in Place order went into effect June 19, 2020 at 12:01 AM. Broader use of short term rentals is allowed. You must view the order for more information about the use of short term rentals.

View the Health Order

View State of California Guidance

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

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

Contact Information

Business Hours
Monday – Friday
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Contact us by Phone
Address
Permit Sonoma
2550 Ventura Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465074, -122.723705

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.