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Hosted Rental Permit

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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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

Where are Hosted Rentals Allowed?

Hosted rentals are allowed (with permit) in the following locations:

  • In homes in single-family residential zoning districts (AR, RR, and R1)
  • Agricultural and resource zones including DA, LEA, LIA, and RRD
  • The Exclusion (X) Combining District

Hosted rentals are not allowed in the following locations:

  • Higher-density residential districts (R2 and R3)
  • Accessory Dwelling Units
  • Farm Family, Agricultural Employee, or Farmworker housing units
  • Non-habitable structures

If you are unsure of what your zoning is, please consult Permit Sonoma's Official Zoning Database.

Permit Type Required

A Zoning Permit is required for all hosted rentals. Hosted rentals of not more than one room or sleeping area that meet the standards of the Sonoma County Code are allowed as provided by the underlying zone, subject to issuance of a Zoning Permit. Only one hosted rental is allowed per parcel.

A whole-house vacation rental is not a hosted rental, even if the property owner resides in another dwelling unit on the same property. A hosted rental may not be located on the same site as a vacation rental unless a Use Permit has been obtained for the combined use.

Apply for a Hosted Rental Permit

We are currently accepting applications during COVID-19 virtual office via email with a delayed completion date. They are currently not accepted by regular mail or in person.

Submit Electronic Applications

Hosted Rental Application Forms
All forms listed must be completed (no blank spaces) with all the additional instructions on each form followed before submission.

Hosted Rental Permit Fees

All fees must be paid to obtain permit. Staff will assess fees and provide an invoice.

  • 1165 – Zoning Permit Level I Fee
  • 0140 – Tech Enhancement Fee Tier Type II

View Fee Schedule for Fee Amounts

Cessation of Hosted Rental Use

Vacation Rental Zoning Permits and Hosted Rental Zoning Permits expire automatically upon the sale or transfer of a vacation rental or hosted rental property. Property owners who have sold their property should also let Permit Sonoma know as soon as possible in order to not be held liable for any vacation rental or hosted rental use of the property once it has been sold.

This form should be completed and submitted in all cases where the home is no longer being used as a vacation rental or hosted rental.

Fill out the Affidavit of Cessation of Vacation Rental or Hosted Rental Use (PDF: 158 kB) and follow the instructions on the form for submission.

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.