The Ordinance will establish a limit of 125 vacation rentals in Arcata.
There are two exemptions from the limitation: 1) properties rented for fewer than 30 days in a fiscal year (July 1 to June 30), and 2) properties that include a long-term tenant, whether owner or renter occupied.
These exempt types may conduct vacation rentals without regard to the limitation.
All vacation rental operators, whether exempt from limitation or not, will be required to obtain a vacation rental permit in addition to their business license and any other permits required.
The permit fee will likely be $50 per year, renewable each year.
In some cases, the City may require a zoning clearance (~$220) if it is not clear that a residential use is allowable on the subject site.
In all cases, a building inspection to ensure public health and safety (~$250) will be required on first application.
Permits in active and good standing can be renewed.