Short Term Vacation Rentals are defined as any unit that is rented for less than 30 days at a time. STVRs in residences are currently not regulated by the Planning Department in the City of Santa Cruz, but operators of STVRs are required to pay Transit Occupancy Tax (TOT). For more information on TOT, click here.
The City Council has expressed concerns over the potential loss of long-term rental housing and the potential impacts to neighborhoods as a result of using housing for STVRs. On October 25, 2016, the City Council adopted an urgency interim ordinance, effective immediately, imposing a temporary (45-day) moratorium on the establishment of STVRs in a housing unit or duplex not occupied by the owner of that housing unit or duplex. On November 22, 2016, the moratorium was extended until May 2017 to allow time to develop draft rules for consideration by the City Council.
The City Council has created a subcommittee to prepare recommendations for potential regulations. The subcommittee members are city residents with a wide range in backgrounds and experiences.
This webpage will be updated as new information becomes available.
To see agenda report, video, and action summary minutes please click here.
- October 25, 2016 (initial moratorium hearing)
- November 22, 2016 (extension of moratorium)
STVR Subcommittee Meeting Dates
- December 14, 2016 Agenda
- January 11, 2017 Agenda
- January 26, 2017 Agenda
- February 8, 2017 Agenda
- February 23, 2017- This meeting is cancelled and will be rescheduled, date to be determined.
- March 7, 2017 Agenda
- March 30, 2017 Agenda (Location: PD Community Room, 150 Center Street 6:30-9:30pm)
- Tuesday, April 4, 2017 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (Location: Civic Auditorium, Tony Hill Room, 307 Church Street)
Click here for subcommittee member application information.
- David Green Baskin
- Karen Burgess
- David Foster
- Timerie Gordon
- Khristina Horn
- Caroline Kao
- Carol Polhamus
- Andrew Racz
- Janiece Rodriguez
- Brion Sprinsock
- Laura Waltz
Information Binders Provided to Subcommittee Members
STVR in Santa Cruz
- Short Term Vacation Rental in Residential Zones
- General Plan Policies Relevant to Vacation Rental Discussion
- City of Santa Cruz Municipal Code
Short-Term Vacation Rental Survey Results
Market Data Studies
- A Practical Guide to Effectively Regulating Short-Term Rentals on The Local Government Level
- City Intelligence Report
- California Coastal Commission
- County of Santa Cruz
- City of Los Angeles
- City of Sunnyvale
- City of Santa Monica
- City of Santa Barbara
- Palm Springs Passes Wide-Range Restrictions on Vacation Rentals
- Sharp Rise in Sonoma County Vacation Rentals Offers Mix of Benefits and Conflicts
- Airbnb Agrees to Limit Rentals in 2 European Cities
(There are no recommendations at this time)