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Short-Term Vacation Rentals

Thursday, August 24, 2017

On June 6, 2017, the Board of Supervisors moved forward with a proposed ordinance to ban short term rentals of whole homes in residential zones.  They also directed staff to return with provisions that could allow for homestays (partial rental of a residence or accessory living area) and a zoning overlay or other mechanism to allow vacation rentals in areas where the use has been conducted for many years.  A hearing on the matters is now scheduled for October 3, 2017.  Make your voice heard - follow this link to send comments to the Board:

In recent years, there has been a boom in the short-term rental of residences as an alternative to conventional lodging. This has resulted in concerns about quality of life in residential neighborhoods. The Montecito Association has fielded numerous complaints from residents regarding short-term vacation rentals that have adversely affected the enjoyment of their home. Unfortunately, since about 2007, there has been no recourse because the County stopped enforcing ordinance provisions that disallow transient occupancy of residential dwellings.

In response to complaints, the Montecito Association initiated a survey of members to gauge the level of concern. You can view the survey results at this link. Because of the level of concern, the Association joined other interested County residents in asking the County of Santa Barbara to revise the ordinance to provide meaningful guidance on the legality of the use and enforcement capability. The County has now funded this effort and is beginning work on an ordinance. More information on the County's efforts is available here.  The County and Montecito Planning Commissions have recommended a ban on the use in residential zones.  The Board of Supervisors will hear the Commission-recommended ordinances on December 6, 2016.  You can see the Association's comments from the July public workshop here, our comments to the planning commissions here, comment to the MPC for September 21, here and comments to the Board of Supervisors in support of the ban in residential zones at this link.  If you would like to contact the Board of Supervisors, you can find contact information at this link: