Short-Stay and Vacation Rentals

On November 20, 2019, City Council will consider adopting Ordinance No. 1520 to regulate Short-Stay and Vacation Rentals. Basic elements of the Ordinance include:

  • 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.
  • Permits are generally non-transferable.