On Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m., the Amador County Planning Commission will discuss whether and how to regulate short-term vacation rentals in the county. With the increasing popularity of Internet-based booking services like VRBO and AirBnB, the county is seeing more short-term rentals.
Short-term rentals are an attractive option for those who don’t want to stay in conventional hotels, motels, and other lodging. But they can be problematic. One “party house” outside Sutter Creek has been the subject of numerous complaints by neighbors concerned about fire risk, noise, and other issues. And the rentals don’t always comply with the sort of health and safety codes required for conventional lodging. In addition, short-term rentals can also detract from community cohesion and stability, potentially increase local rents, and reduce the number of longer-term rentals in an area.
At the March 12, 2019, planning commission meeting, planning staff did a brief presentation on the various types of short-term rentals in the county. They ranged from a wooden platform on which people could camp, to trailers, to individual rooms in homes, to multi-bedroom homes.
Many communities in California and beyond have implemented regulations relating to short-term vacation rentals. While at least several of Amador County’s incorporated cities require permits for them, the county currently does not. The April 23 planning commission meeting is an opportunity for the public to weigh in on this important issue. You can also comment before the meeting by sending an e-mail to the Amador County Planning Department