Mar 3 2015

Short Term Rental of Piedmont Housing: Yes or No?

The City Council will hold a public hearing March 16, City Hall at 7:30 p.m. to consider ordinances covering the use of residential housing for temporary short-time rentals, similar to a hotel. Airbnb and other internet sites facilitate these short term rentals. The Planning Commission has considered the matter and voiced objection to permitting the rentals.  Kate Black, Piedmont’s City Planning Director, has distributed the following letter:

I am writing to let you know that the Piedmont City Council will hold a discussion and public hearing concerning the use of Piedmont residences for short term rentals at their Regular Meeting of March 16, 2015. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611.

For purposes of the discussion, short term rentals are those with a duration of fewer than 30 days, sometimes facilitated through internet sites that specialize in matching people who wish to rent their properties (“hosts”) with people who wish to rent for short periods (“guests”). The discussion will cover short term rentals of single-family residences, second units, apartments, and rooms in a residence. The Piedmont Planning Commission discussed this matter on September 18, 2014, and recommended that short term rentals be prohibited in Piedmont.

A staff report on this subject will be available by 9:00 am on Friday, March 13, 2015 on the City’s website at You are encouraged to attend the meeting and express your opinions and ideas. Alternatively, you may wish to watch the City Council hearing on KCOM, cable 27 or by logging on to the city’s website at on the right hand side of the homepage under the “City Council” heading, click on the “Online Video” link, then click on the “March 16, 2015” heading, click on the “Video” or “In Progress” link, and start watching!

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email or call Kate Black, 420-3063.

Written comments may be sent to the City Council, c/o Piedmont City Clerk, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611 or by email to: Correspondence received by the City Clerk is considered part of the public record.

Kate Black, City Planning Director, 420-3063

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