Short Term Rentals / Vacation Rentals

Short Term Rental (STR)  / Vacation Rental Permit Update – July 2021


As of July 9, 2021, the table below contains a breakdown of short term rental (STR) / Vacation Rental permits that have been issued and permits that remain available for non-owner occupied homes. Permits are issued on a first come, first served basis. Existing permit holders cannot transfer permits to new owners. If you are an existing permit holder and selling your home, please contact the Planning Department to cancel your permit. Please click here to see a map showing properties within the coastal zone versus properties outside of the coastal zone. 

Non-Owner Occupied Short-Term Rental Permits:
In Coastal Zone
In Non-Coastal Zone
Maximum Number of Permits:
Number of Permits Approved/Under Review:
Number of Permits Remaining:

Owner Occupied Short-Term Rental Permits:

Number of Permits Approved:

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Save TimBTC Incon.pnge! You can pay your Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) and SLO County's Tourism Marketing District (TMD) Tax online via Host Compliance! Remember, you must submit a form either online or via US Mail / In-Person even if you have no stays for the month. All payments are due no later than the end of the month for the previous month’s stays.  

Access the Transient Occupancy Tax Online Payment Portal

Print TOT /TMD form to remit taxes via cash or check (PDF)

 Short-Term Rental Permit Application Process

ReviewApplications for Short-Term Rental (STR) Permits for legal dwellings are accepted for review and processing, on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications must be submitted online.  Applications will not be accepted at City Hall or via U.S. Mail. The required submission information and the permit process will differ depending if you will be operating an "owner-occupied" or "non-owner occupied" short-term rental. Prior to submitting for a STR permit, please review our Administrative Rules.

Submittal Icon What is an "Owner-Occupied" versus "Non-Owner Occupied"?

The City’s ordinance makes a distinction between "owner-occupied" and "non-owned occupied STRs. If you are staying in the same dwelling unit, or in another legally permitted dwelling unit located on-site while you rent out other rooms in your home, then you are operating an "owner-occupied" STR. If you reside elsewhere or you will not be residing on-site during the period of the short-term rental, you are considered a "non-owner occupied" STR. Owner-Occupied permits are not limited, while non-owner occupied units are limited in number, based on the location of your home. A total of 60 permits will be issued for homes located in the Non-Coastal areas. A total of 40 permits will be issued for homes within the Coastal Zone.

General Requirements for both "Owner-Occupied" and "Non-Owner Occupied" STRs

The following information is required as part of the STR Permit application process:

  • Applicant (Property Owner or Property Manager) information (name, mailing address, email address, and phone number)
  • If the property has been purchased within one year of application date, a current title report will be required.
  • Site address, including unit number/letter, if applicable. No P.O. Boxes will be accepted.
  • Site Plan, including locations of on-site parking spaces, electrical panel, water shut-off valve, and gas shut-off valve. 
  • If the site has more than one unit, indicate the location of the STR unit. Please click here for a sample site plan.
  • Floor Plan, including the uses of each room (i.e., living room, bedroom, bathroom, etc.). Please click here for a floor plan example.
  • Number of bedrooms to be rented.
  • Copy of Conditions, Covenants, and Restrictions (CC&Rs), if applicable.
  • Business Tax Certificate Application (will be included as a part of the online application.)
  • A checking account or credit card to pay permit fees and remit Transient Occupancy Taxes (TOT).
  • A good neighbor brochure should be linked to your rental listing. Link the Good Neighbor Brochure to your listing (PDF).

Additional Specific Requirements for "Owner-Occupied" STR’s

  • Proof of residency (i.e. SLO County Tax Assessor bill indicating Homeowner’s Exemption) or a copy of a vehicle registration if a copy of your Tax Assessor Bill is not available. To obtain a copy click on this link.
  • Self-certification of Inspection Checklist (PDF)

Additional Specific Requirements for "Non-Owner Occupied" STR’s

  • If the Applicant is the Property Manager, the Authorized Agent Form (PDF) must be submitted.
  • Local Contract Information (name, mailing address, email address, and phone number).
  • After submitting the application materials, City staff will contact you to schedule an inspection of the proposed STR unit.
  • It is encouraged that the Inspection checklist be reviewed and any deficiencies be addressed prior to scheduling the inspection. View the inspection checklist (PDF).

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