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Updated Vacation Rentals Ordinance

On November 4, 2014, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to make revisions to the Vacation Rental Ordinance after an extensive public outreach campaign. Revisions have been made to address issues related to the potential loss of permanent housing stock, property manager requirements and responsibilities, and monitoring and enforcement of vacation rental rules. A revised Vacation Rentals Ordinance was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on March 15, 2016, with an effective date of April 14, 2016. Materials from the series of meetings are available below.

Vacation RentalsRevised Vacation Rentals Ordinance (PDF: 73 kB)

Hosted RentalsSpecial Use Standards for Hosted Rentals and Bed and Breakfast Inns (PDF: 39 kB)

Note: The vacation rentals ordinance has not been adopted for the Sonoma coast (e.g. Sea Ranch, Bodega Bay) and is not applicable to rentals in those communities.

Archived Meeting Information

March 15, 2016 – Board of Supervisors Meeting

Board of Supervisors’ Staff Report (PDF: 214 kB)
Board of Supervisors’ Resolution of Intention (PDF: 475 kB)

January 26, 2016 – Board of Supervisors Public Hearing

Board Summary Staff Report (PDF: 436 kB)
Attachment A to Board Summary Staff Report (PDF: 73 kB)
Draft Ordinance with Exhibits (PDF: 501 kB)
Planning Commission Recommended Code Changes for Vacation Rentals
Planning Commission Resolution (PDF: 22 kB)

November 19, 2015 – Planning Commission Public Hearing

Staff Report Package to the Planning Commission (PDF: 352 kB)

September 3, 2015 – Planning Commission Workshop Materials

Vacation Rentals Staff Report with Attachments (PDF: 288 kB)
Vacation Rentals Discussion Papers (PDF: 562 kB)
EPS Report on the Impact of Vacation Rentals on Housing in Sonoma County (PDF: 802 kB)

May 18, 2015 – Planning Commission Workshop Materials

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF: 1.73 MB)
Vacation Rentals Fact Sheet (PDF: 79 kB)
Policy Options Tables (PDF: 56 kB)

Contact Information

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9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Tuesday – Wednesday
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Thursday – Friday
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Permit Sonoma
2550 Ventura Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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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.