The draft of Tulare County’s short-term rental ordinance remains on schedule for a mid-September public hearing at the bi-monthly meeting of the Tulare County Planning Commission. The purpose of the ordinance: To establish uniform regulations in the county for use of privately owned residential dwellings as short-term rentals to minimize negative impacts on surrounding properties and to ensure the health and safety of all involved parties.
Don’t be misled by the short-term-rental catch-all. In Three Rivers, these are vacation rentals. According to an independent data source utilized by the hotel and lodging industry, there are now 250 of these properties operating in or near the immediate vicinity of Three Rivers.
Of that number, there are approximately 180 advertised as Airbnb listings with the remainder being listed on other booking sites like VRBO and Home Away. Some properties are listed on multiple platforms.
The ordinance seeks to provide an application and a one-time registration fee of $500. Occupancy standards ensure the property complies with the California Fire Code, California Building Code, and National Fire Safety Association standards.
The occupancy standards also define limits, number of day-use guests permitted during certain hours, and parking restrictions. There are also 14 general requirements that cover everything from on-site parking (on-street parking is prohibited) to a stipulation that each unit is cleaned after each change of occupancy. Each short-term residential unit must have a clearly visible posted notice containing emergency and property contact information and basic occupancy regulations. A property boundary map will also be required to deter trespassing on other private properties.
In addition, there are three sections of enforcement defining violations and procedures for suspension or revocation of permits to operate. An amortization section defines non-conforming properties and stipulates that their use must be discontinued after December 31, 2021.
View and download the Draft Short Term Rental Ordinance here.
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