This page is designed to provide information related to current Monterey County land use policy related to short term rentals as well as information related to ongoing short term rental policy development and short term rental code enforcement.
To learn about current short term rental policy development efforts, please see our ordinance development page and our FAQs below.
Monterey County has a 24/7 hotline to collect complaints related to short term rental activity in the unincorporated areas of Monterey County. The short term rental hotline offers two reporting options, by telephone at (831) 900-4441, or by an online form at https://hostcompliance.com/tips. You can also read our press release on the hotline for more information.
Short Term Rental FAQs
- How do I get a short term rental permit?
- In the inland areas of the County, short term rentals may be allowed by obtaining an administrative permit for transient occupancy. These permits allow short term rentals for not fewer than seven days and not longer than 30 days. These permits cost approximately $6,000.
- In the coastal areas of the County, short term rentals may be allowed by obtaining a coastal development permit under the category of similar use. These permits cost approximately $10,000.
- To start the land use permitting process, we recommend you call (831) 755-5025 and ask to speak with a Permit Technician or email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Permit Technician can look up your parcel record and provide you information about zoning and the land use permitting process. When you call or email, please have your Assessor's Parcel Number, or APN, available. To look up your APN, see the Assessor’s ParcelQuest site.
- For more information, please see the RMA’s Administrative Guideline on Current Regulations Relative to the Transient Use of Residential Property (Short-Term Rental of Residential Property) (30 Days or Less)
- I pay Transient Occupancy Taxes to the County. Do I need to do anything further with the County to legally operate a short term rental?
- The Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office coordinates and collects the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) for all of Monterey County. This tax is completely separate from land use permitting and does not authorize short term rentals. In order to legally operate a short term rental, property owners may also needs permits, licenses, or other approvals, depending on their local government jurisdiction. This means property owners must work with their local jurisdictions to operate short term rentals legally. Property owners in the unincorporated areas of Monterey County must have a land use permit which allows this specialized land use. If your property is in unincorporated Monterey County, the permitting agency is the Resource Management Agency. If you are within a city limit, contact your local jurisdiction’s planning department.
- I hear the County is developing a new policy on short term rentals.
Where are they in the process, as of January 2019?
- The RMA is currently updating its regulations on short term rentals. To be notified of upcoming actions related to the short term rental ordinance, join the ordinance development mailing list by emailing McDougalM@co.monterey.ca.us.
- To be notified of upcoming or future Land Use Advisory Committee meetings, join the mailing list by emailing Rosales-NavaSJ@co.monterey.ca.us.
- Staff plans to release the Draft Ordinances and Draft Initial Study for a public comment period in early 2019. Following public comment, staff will bring the ordinances and initial study to the Planning Commission for consideration and possible recommendation to the Board of Supervisors or revision, as deemed needed by the Planning Commission.
- For the complete record of proceedings related to short term rentals, please see our short term rental ordinance development page.
- When will the new short term rental ordinance be ready?
- As of January 2019, the tentative timeline for completion of the inland ordinance for short term rentals is the summer of 2019. The coastal ordinance must also be approved by the California Coastal Commission, and as such has a tentative timeline for completion by the end of 2020.
- How do I stay informed on the development of the short term rental
- To be notified of upcoming actions related to the short term rental
ordinance, join the ordinance development mailing list by emailing McDougalM@co.monterey.ca.us.
- To be notified of upcoming actions related to the short term rental ordinance, join the ordinance development mailing list by emailing McDougalM@co.monterey.ca.us.
- I'm concerned about a neighbor who may be operating a short term rental. What should I do?
- To report concerns with short term rentals, or any building or land use code violations, you can submit a complaint to the STR Complaint Hotline , by telephone at (831) 900-4441, or by an online form at https://hostcompliance.com/tips.
- More information about filing a complaint, and the code compliance investigation and resolution process is available on our website.
- The Board of Supervisors received reports on short term rental code compliance on June 19, 2018 and July 17, 2018. To read the board report and supporting materials, please see the agenda item details pages: