Short-Term (Vacation) Rentals

Urgency Ordinance in Effect as of Oct. 13, 2021

The Santa Rosa City Council approved a Short-Term Rentals Urgency Ordinance on Oct. 13, 2021 to preserve public peace, health, safety, and community compatibility. The The Short-Term Rentals Urgency Ordinance went into effect immediately and requires short-term rental operators to apply for a Short-Term Rental Permit and follow operating rules. 

Important Notice for STR Operators/Owners Regarding New Short-Term Rentals Urgency Ordinance

Existing short-term rental operators who have registered their short-term rental for Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) and Business Improvement Area (BIA) assessments by Oct. 27, 2021 will have until Dec. 3, 2021 to apply for a Short-Term Rental Permit to retain “operator in good standing” status and must follow all of the Ordinance’s standards and requirements to continue operating while awaiting City approvals.

New operators will be allowed to apply for a Short-Term Rental Permit beginning Dec. 4.

The City is now accepting Short-Term Rental Permit Applications. Applications from operators in good standing may be submitted online or in-person. For more information about how to prepare and submit your application, click on the Apply button below.

Comprehensive Short-Term Rental Ordinance Development in Progress

The City’s Short-Term Rental Urgency Ordinance approved immediately addresses the most pressing public safety and neighborhood compatibility concerns within Santa Rosa; however, a more comprehensive short-term rentals ordinance will be drafted over the next several months to be brought before the Santa Rosa Planning Commission and then City Council for consideration sometime in 2022.

City staff continues to invite public input on short-term rentals during this process and will hold additional public engagement opportunities to gather feedback to shape the comprehensive short-term rentals ordinance.

Public Engagement on Short-Term Rentals

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View Public Input Compilation from August 2021 Short-Term Rental Survey

  • Community input was collected through a survey in August of 2021 to help in the development of the Short-Term Rental Urgency Ordinance. The data and response compiliation may be viewed and downloaded here.

Watch Past Public Meetings on Short-Term Rentals

October 12  - City Council Meeting (Agenda item documentation)

September 29 - STR-Industry Focused Virtual Public Meeting

September 14 - Economic Development Subcommitee (Agenda item documentation)

August 10 - Economic Development Subcommittee (Agenda item documentation)