Placer County officials cap short-term rentals

Short-term rental permits in Placer County will be capped at 3,900.
Elizabeth White

Placer County supervisors will cap the number of short-term rental permits and require a business license application for any new permits.

The total number of residential short-term rental unit permits issued will be capped at 3,900. The changes come into effect March 31.

The decision was unanimously approved at Tuesday’s meeting of the Placer County Board of Supervisors.



Properties with a current short-term rental permit would have priority over permits after March 31. Additionally, those given priority for new rental permits will include properties that have approved exemptions, such as short-term rental owners who live locally or on the property. himself. All other permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, according to Placer County senior management analyst Stephanie Holloway.

Those who need to renew their license will have 90 days after March 31 to submit their renewal application, as well as those who qualify for exemptions.



That part of Tuesday’s meeting lasted more than four hours due to strong public sentiment, mostly in favor of tougher restrictions against short-term rentals.

At the meeting, many short-term rental owners called or were present to speak about their apprehensions or their understanding of the many proposed orders.

Jim Melehan, short-term rental owner at Northstar Village, expressed concern about limits being put in place on short-term rentals at ski resorts.

“Northstar, especially the village, is in a completely different situation than what we’ve heard about so many of these residential neighborhoods,” Melehan said. “Northstar is a resort – it was built with the intention of short-term renting and weekends away. There are very few full-time residents in the village. So because the spirit of the ordinance is to maintain the integrity and character of the neighborhood, as far as the village is concerned, I think the easiest thing to do is to continue to leave it exempt from the order.

Steven Prescott, who owns a short-term rental in North Lake Tahoe and lives in San Diego, said there should be a short-term rental steering committee to address nuanced issues head-on and guide the county.

“As owners of short-term rentals, we understand that there are a lot of issues… we understand that the dynamics of the economy up there, that local labor has been put at a price, we we understand it 100%. We understand that there are bad apples out there doing short term rentals. said Prescott.

Cheri Sugal, leader of the Take Back Tahoe initiative, was disappointed that many of the requested changes did not pass, such as imposing distance requirements for each short-term rental, requiring maximum number of days per rental, zoning limits, allocation of additional funds. towards the application, additional quotes and the snow removal requirement.

“What comes next will be the most important. We need to stay engaged in this discussion. They talked about having a “task force” and adaptive management – ​​so continuing to review how this is implemented. said Sugal.

Elizabeth White is a staff writer at the Sierra Sun. She can be contacted at [email protected]

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