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Posted on: August 18, 2021

City of Santa Rosa Requesting Community Input on Short-Term Rentals

Homes and Short Term Rentals

Community input to help City staff in development of short-term rental urgency ordinance

Santa Rosa, CA — The City of Santa Rosa is requesting feedback from the community to help in the development of a short-term rental urgency ordinance. Once drafted, the urgency ordinance will be presented to City Council for consideration and potential adoption in October 2021.  

A short-term rental is defined as a residence where the owner has opted to rent out a room or the entire property for guests staying 30 days or fewer. The City is moving forward with the development of a short-term rental ordinance to ensure these types of rentals are compatible with the neighborhoods where they are located.

Residents and owners or operators of short-term rentals within the Santa Rosa city limits are encouraged to take a short survey by August 31 to provide input on how City staff can approach the short-term rental urgency ordinance. The survey is available in English and Spanish.

The ease with which an individual can operate a short-term rental through online apps and services, such as AirBNB and VRBO, has made it much more accessible for anyone to operate one in Santa Rosa. The low barrier to initiating operation of a short-term rental, particularly in residential neighborhoods, has led the City to examine how to better regulate short-term rentals.

City staff will be working to draft the short-term rental urgency ordinance over the next several weeks with plans to hold a public hearing for the proposed ordinance at the October 12th City Council meeting. 

More information on short-term rentals is available at