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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

COMMERCIAL RENTAL OF PROPERTY FOR EVENTS REQUIRES A PERMIT
Current Montecito zoning requirements allow residents to host charitable and noncommercial functions at their homes as long as the number of persons present does not exceed 300 persons, the owner or tenant receives no remuneration and no more than three charitable functions are held in a year.  If property is rented for a temporary event, a conditional use permit is required. 

Unfortunately, either due to ignorance of the permit requirement or intentional flouting of the laws, permits are not being obtained for commercial events.  In some cases, properties are rented as short-term vacation rentals in an attempt to get around the permit requirement.  The Montecito Association is advocating for zoning ordinance changes to close the loophole related to short-term rentals.  We are also involved in discussions on how to improve interdepartmental and agency communications to ensure that sponsors of large temporary events are provided with the information necessary to comply with existing laws.  The hope is that with improvement of County ordinances and processes for permitting commercial events the County will be in a position to conduct appropriate enforcement when necessary.