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Short-Term Rentals in Sausalito

In recent years, "sharing economy" businesses, such as Airbnb and Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO), have become increasingly popular. Residents use these services to rent out their homes or apartments as a source of extra income. The City of Sausalito has received a number of complaints from residents that their neighbors' homes are being rented out on a short-term basis (less than thirty days), creating negative impacts such as noise, loud parties, traffic congestion, and parking problems.

Current Sausalito Zoning Laws and Enforcement
Sausalito zoning laws currently do not allow any short-term rentals in residential districts. Short-term rentals are considered "transient occupancy" uses defined as rental of homes for a period of less than thirty days. A pilot code enforcement program began in the fall of 2015 to enforce the current prohibition on short-term rental uses.

For violators of the City's zoning laws, administrative penalties can be issued starting at $1,000 for the first violation, $2,000 for the second violation, and thereafter $5,000 per violation until compliance is achieved. The fines are cumulative and can be issued every day the violation exists.   

Short-Term Rental Discussion
The City Council has encouraged discussions regarding Sausalito zoning laws on short-term rental uses, and directed that a Short Term Rental Working Group made up of a diverse membership of the community be formed. The Council directed the working group to conduct these forums as a way to jump start a community dialogue about short-term rental uses and, if short-term rentals are to be allowed, what restrictions and policies should be in place to regulate them.  Possible options are to continue the prohibition or amend the zoning laws to allow short-term rentals with certain regulations.

    Forums and Survey Opportunities

    Results of the Short-Term Rental Survey    

    Short Term Rental Task Force 
The City Council in July 2016 appointed a Task Force to discuss code enforcement, devise a plan to work with
    platforms to get reporting data,  the impact STRs have on ADUs, consider establishing a program, 
    regulations/restrictions on STRs, and report back to the City Council with recommendations.  

  • Jill Hoffman, Mayor 
  • Ben Brown, Historic Landmarks Board Chair
  • Susan Cleveland-Knowles, Planning Commission Chair
  • Russ Irwin
  • Kate Storhr
  • Staff: Danny Castro, Community Development Director  

    Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Dates


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