Short Term Rentals


Short Term Rentals

A Short Term Rental (STR) is a rental of residential property for a lease term of thirty days or less. The County currently requires all Short Term Rental operators obtain both a Business License and Transient Occupancy Tax Certificate from the Department of Finance, and comply with operating requirements established by the Community Development Agency.

The County is currently working on a Short Term Rental Ordinance Update to improve the availability of middle- and lower-income housing, while maintaining access to economic opportunities, services and activities in the unincorporated areas of the County and end the moratorium in West Marin. Follow the links below for more information about Short Term Rentals in the unincorporated areas of the County.

News and Announcements 

Now Available: Draft Short Term Rental Ordinance Standards for Public Review and Comment

The standards for the draft Short Term Rental ordinance are now available and Planning Commission hearings to consider them are tentatively scheduled for October 23rd and November 13th, 2023.

A staff report will be prepared before the Planning Commission and will be made publicly available October 12, 2023.

If you would like to submit comments on the draft standards to the Planning Commission, please email your comments to Kathleen Kilgariff and she will provide them to the Planning Commission before the hearing.

You may present oral comments on the Draft Ordinance at the hearing, which will be held in person in the Hearing Chambers, Room 330, Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael. For more information about the Planning Commission hearing, please see the Planning Commission hearings webpage , where agendas and other information will be posted before the hearings.

The Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors, which will hold a hearing on the draft ordinance at a later date.  Ultimately, the California Coastal Commission must certify Short Term Rental regulations in the Coastal Zone as part of a Local Coastal Program Amendment.

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Short Term Rental Ordinance Update


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Frequently Asked Questions



Rental Owner Operator Information


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Report a Short Term Rental Issue



Short Term Background Information


Short Term Rentals Moratorium

Short Term Rentals Moratorium in West Marin