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Short Term Rental Implementation – 10/18/2019

As of October 18, 2019 the City has received the following applications:

Non-Owner-Occupied Coastal Permits In Review

Non-Owner-Occupied Permits Approved in Coastal Zone

Remaining Non-Owner Coastal Zone Permits




Non-Owner Occupied Outside of Coastal Zone Permits in Review

Non-Owner-Occupied Permits Outside of Coastal Zone Approved

Non-Owner Coastal Zone Permits Remaining




The City has received and is in the process of reviewing 15 owner-occupied units, and has issued 2 owner occupied units.

Please remember, we will be emailing applicants to schedule inspections for non-owner-occupied units. Please check your spam mailbox to ensure you have not received an email from our inspector requesting an inspection. Please ensure either yourself, or your local contact is available for that inspection and all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers are installed, and in working order. We are currently working on all applications received in order, and will contact you if there are any issues with your application. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at (805) 473-4520 or email us at

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On June 17, 2019, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 19-04 regulating short-term rentals or STRs. The Council held six public meetings to solicit public input over a five-month period that led to an ordinance that strikes a balance of fairly regulating short-term rentals while maintaining neighborhood character. There are strict penalties for violations and three violations in any 24 month period will result in revocation of the STR Permit.

The ordinance will take effect following adoption by the California Coastal Commission, which is tentatively scheduled for mid-September. It is anticipated that the City will begin accepting applications on October 1, 2019 via the link below. Property owners will have until 5:00 p.m. on November 12, 2019 to apply for a Short-Term Rental Permit to avoid code enforcement action.

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Short-Term Rental Application Link / TOT & TDM Remittance

Click here to access the Short Term Rental Application Wizard
Click here to access the TOT / TDM Online Remittance Wizard
Click here to print TOT /TDM form to remit taxes via cash or check


  Short-Term Rental Permit Application Process

  Applications for Short-Term Rental (STR) Permits for legal dwelling units will be accepted for review and
  processing, on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applications must be submitted online at (insert
plication link). Applications will not be accepted at City Hall or via U.S. Mail.  The required submission information and the permit process will differ depending if you will be operating an “owner-occupied” or “non-owner occupied” short-term rental. Further regulatory details are found within the City’s Administrative Rules.

Click here to access the Administrative Rules

Submittal Icon.png  What is an “Owner-Occupied” versus “Non-Owner Occupied”?

  The City’s ordinance makes a distinction between “owner-occupied” and “non-owned occupied STRs.
  If during the period of the short-term rental you reside on-site in the same dwelling unit or in another
  legally permitted dwelling unit located on-site, then you are operating an “owner-occupied” STR.
  If you reside elsewhere or you will not be residing on-site during the period of the short-term rental,
  you are operating a “non-owner occupied” STR.

General Requirements for both “Owner-Occupied” and “Non-Owner Occupied” STRs

The following information will be required as part of the STR Permit application process: 

  • Applicant (Property Owner or Property Manager) information (name, mailing address, email address, and phone number)
  • If the property has been purchased within one year of application date, a current title report will be required.
  • Site address, including unit number/letter, if applicable. No P.O. Boxes will be accepted.
  • Site Plan, including locations of on-site parking spaces, electrical panel, water shut-off valve, and gas shut-off valve. If 
   the site has more than one unit, indicate the location of the STR unit. Please click here for a sample site plan.
  • Floor Plan, including the uses of each room (i.e., living room, bedroom, bathroom, etc.).  Please click here for a 
   floor plan example.
  • Number of bedrooms to be rented.
  • Copy of Conditions, Covenants, and Restrictions (CC&Rs), if applicable.
  • Business Tax Certificate Application (will be included as a part of the online application.)
  • A checking account or credit card to pay permit fees and remit Transient Occupancy Taxes (TOT).
  • A good neighbor brochure should be linked to your rental listing.  Please click here to link the Good Neighbor Brochure to
  your listing.

Additional Specific Requirements for “Owner-Occupied” STR's

  • Proof of residency (i.e. SLO County Tax Assessor bill indicating Homeowner’s Exemption) or a copy of a vehicle
  registration if a copy of your Tax Assessor Bill is not available. To obtain a copy click on this link.

Additional Specific Requirements for "Non-Owner Occupied" STR's
  • If the Applicant is the Property Manager, the Authorized Agent Form must be submitted.
  • Local Contract Information (name, mailing address, email address, and phone number).
  • After submitting the application materials, City staff will contact you to schedule an inspection of the proposed STR unit.
  • It is encouraged that the Inspection checklist be reviewed and any deficiencies be addressed prior to scheduling the
  inspection.  Please click here for the inspection checklist. 
Tutorial Help
Please visit our YouTube channel
Click here to view tutorials on how to complete a short-term rental application.

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Comment.png   Frequently Asked Questions

   Please click on the Attached Link for FAQ's

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