Short Term Rentals Ordinance Update
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Please Join the County of Marin for a conversation about the Short Term Rental Moratorium in West Marin on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 6:00pm
The County of Marin kicked off our Short Term Rental Ordinance Update with five community meetings in the Fall of 2022. At these meetings members of the public shared feedback on the current Short Term Rental Moratorium in West Marin. As a result, the County is hosting this meeting to discuss and take further comments on the Short Term Rental Moratorium and ways the County can improve communication with our communities. Please note: the County is not considering changes to the Board-approved moratorium, but comments at this meeting will inform proposals for long-term regulations of STR as relevant
This meeting will be hosted over Zoom.
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Meeting ID: 838 1945 6251
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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.