Maintain Compliance with the Short-Term Rental Ordinance

Compliance with the Short-Term Rentals Ordinance requires short-term rental owners to:

  • Obtain then maintain a current Short-Term Rental Permit
  • Register and remain current with payments for TOT and BIA assessments
  • Post the following four emergency evacuation documents onsite in a visually prominent location:
    • Know Your Alerts flier (English / Spanish)
    • Evacuations Checklist (English / Spanish)
    • The name of the designated evacuation zone where the property is located. Visit the following link to look up your property’s zone by address:
    • Map of your property’s neighborhood travel routes that could potentially be used as an evacuation route by public safety officials in the event of an emergency. Visit the following link to locate and print the map for your property’s neighborhood:
  • Comply with the Interior Fire Guidance for Short-Term Vacation Rentals to ensure correct quantity and placement of smoke and carbon monoxide alarm(s) and fire extinguisher(s).
  • Adhere to all applicable local, state, and federal codes and laws
  • Limit short-term renters to two people per bedroom not to exceed 10 people, including children over 3 years old
  • Limit daytime guests to no more than half the number of guests staying overnight (short-term renters) at any one time during the hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (i.e. if 8 short-term renters are allowed by permit, there may be a maximum of 12 people on-site during the daytime hours)
  • Maintain quiet hours from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Parking requirements. The owner shall not allow the short-term rental to be used for any gathering where the number of persons will exceed the permitted maximum number of short-term renters and daytime guests, or if the following parking requirements cannot be met:
    1. One off-street parking space per bedroom. Where legal on-street parking is available, one on-street parking space may count toward the minimum number of parking spaces required.
    2. If a garage or driveway is used to meet the parking requirement, the garage or driveway must be available to the short-term renter for that purpose.
    3. Parking shall not be located in a required front or street side setback except when on a drivewa
    4. Parking shall not encroach into the roadway or obstruct emergency lane access or travel. This includes driveways where fire department access is required to come within 150 feet from the furthest point of the structure for firefighting purposes.
    5. Short-term rentals located in CMU, SMU, MMU, an NMU zoning districts are exempt from parking minimums.
  • Prohibit the use of amplified sound outside.
  • Prohibit the use of the property as an event space (wedding, corporate events, etc.).
  • Recreational fires, firepits, outdoor fireplaces, barbeques/grills, and other similar items are permitted only when in compliance, with the following:
    • Portable firepits and outdoor fireplaces shall not be located on combustible vegetation including but not limited to grass, bark, and combustible mulches.
    • Recreational fires, firepits and outdoor fireplaces, whether fixed or portable, shall be fueled only by natural gas propane during the Santa Rosa Fire Department declared wildfire season.
    • Wood fueled or other combustible solid fuel burning which may be permitted during periods outside of the declared wildfire season must meet the following restriction
      1. Be conducted in an approved fire container or appliance with a solid metal bottom, screened sides, and a solid metal lid; or in an outdoor fireplace with screened front and spark arrestor; or in another safe, purpose-built fire appliance constructed of stucco, metal, brick, or non-combustible sides including a mandatory screened top to contain embers and sparks; and
      2. There must be a garden hose and/or shovel with sand/dirt present for extinguishment; and
      3. Must be monitored by a responsible adult.
    • Firepits shall have sides at least 12-inches high that completely encircle the fire contain.
    • Recreational fires shall not be located within 10 feet of any structure or combustible materials.
    • Portable outdoor fireplaces shall not be located directly on a wood deck or other combustible surface. A noncombustible stand may be used to create separation.
    • Bonfires must be located at least 50 feet from a structure or property line.
    • All fires must be extinguished as soon as no longer in use.
    • All forms of open flame are prohibited when a Bay Area Air Quality Management District Spare the Air alert is in effect, or when a National Weather Service Red Flag Warning is in effect for the geographical area where the short-term rental is located except when used for cooking and in conformance with the items above.
  • Install a landline telephone or VoIP line with a battery back-up that receives the most current, local “reverse 911” program.
  • Disclose to guests any recording devices (cameras, microphones, etc.) that have been placed on the property.
  • All advertisements, posts, and/or listings offering the short-term rental shall be in compliance with Code Section 20-48.070(D) and include the following: maximum number of short-term renters and daytime guests; number of dedicated off-street parking spaces and whether one on-street parking space is available for short-term renter use; notification that quiet hours must be observed between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m., and that no outdoor amplified sound is allowed; and the Short-Term Rental Permit number for the property.
  • Ensure the property remains available for inspection by City staff upon request at any time.

VIEW a detailed list of requirements.

Penalties for Violations

Violations of the Short-Term Rentals Ordinance will result in the following penalties:

1st Violation

2nd Violation
(within one year of 1st Violation)
3rd Violation
(within one year of 1st Violation)
$500$1,000$2,000 &
Potential Revocation
of Short-Term Rental Permit

Short-term rental owners who wish to contest an assessed violation should contact the City's Code Enforcement Division at