Short Term Rentals Ordinance Update
News and Announcements
Please note, the District 3 Short Term Rental Learning Session, originally scheduled for November 16, 2022, has been rescheduled to December 1, 2022 at 5:30 pm.
The County is kicking off the process of updating its Short Term Rental (STR) regulations for the unincorporated areas of Marin. Please join the Community Development Agency (CDA) as we begin this initiative to discuss all things STRs.
Topics will include an overview of the draft guiding principles for this STR Update, STR data and trends, and tentative project timeline. This is also an opportunity to share your thoughts about STRs, provide feedback on information presented, and ask any questions of County staff.
Meetings will be regional, roughly based on current Supervisorial Districts. However, if you cannot make the meeting for your District, or prefer to attend a different region, you are more than welcome to attend any meeting. Please note, additional outreach opportunities will be scheduled, including a Learning Session for Spanish speakers.
|| Meeting Time
||Thursday, November 10
||Thursday, November 17
||Thursday, December 1
||Monday, November 14
||Wednesday November 9
All meetings will be held over Zoom.
Meeting ID: 861 5630 1063
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At each districtwide forum, CDA staff will look for feedback on draft Guiding Principles, principles that will provide a foundation of understanding as we undertake the STR Update. We hope that they help inform stakeholders, and provide clarity on the commitment from County staff to develop STR policies that reflect the vision and shared values of our communities.
If you cannot make the meeting or wish to share your comments on the draft Guiding Principles in writing, they are provided below for your consideration. All communications will be reviewed by staff incorporated into the STR Update record.
1. Prioritize housing supply and affordability, and consider regulations in light of their effects on the cost and availability of housing within individual communities.
2. Advance equity in access to economic opportunities, services and activities.
3. Recognize that Marin County has historically provided vacation opportunities to the greater Bay Area region and State.
4. Distinguish among types of Short Term Rental operations and operators, e.g., hosted and unhosted, single and multiple ownerships, etc.
5. Develop regulations that are clear, affordable, simple, and enforceable (C.A.S.E).
6. Assure that short term rentals are good neighbors considering noise, parking, trash and other neighborhood quality of life concerns.
Short Term Rentals Background
The Marin County Board of Supervisors first adopted short term rental (STR) regulations in 2018, requiring operators to obtain both a Business License and Transient Occupancy Tax Certificate, and establishing “Good Neighbor” Policies to alleviate the impacts of Short Term Rentals on surrounding communities.
However, with housing supply, community workforce, and public safety as motivators, the Board adopted a two year moratorium, ending May 23, 2024, on new STRs in the West Main Area (also known as the Measure W Tax Area). Specifically, the moratorium area includes unincorporated central and western Marin, from Dillon Beach/Tomales to the North, San Geronimo Valley and Nicasio in central Marin, and the communities of Muir Beach, Stinson Beach, and Bolinas to the south. Find out if a property is subject to the current moratorium.
Over the next two years, County staff will work to update the County’s Short Term Rental Ordinance to improve the availability of middle- and lower-income housing in the West Marin Area, while maintaining existing coastal access. Please subscribe to this webpage (in the upper right corner) to receive updates on this process.
Operators within the West Marin area, with a valid business license and Transient Occupancy Tax Certificate, and those in the unincorporated communities outside West Marin, may continue to operate STRs in accordance with the County’s standards.
For questions regarding this matter, please contact our office.