Jun 5 2018

Short-Term Rental Permit Required as of June 6 or Face Graduated Fines

Piedmont’s Short-Term Rental Ordinance Requires Immediate Action to Avoid $1,500 or $5,000 Fine

On May 7, 2018, the City Council approved a short-term rental ordinance requiring operators of Air BNB type rentals within Piedmont to obtain a permit from the City beginning on June 6, 2018.  Owners or tenants of single-family dwellings must obtain a permit to operate hosted or non-hosted short-term rentals. The rental dwelling must be the owner or tenant’s primary legal residence.

The following limitations apply:

  • Short-term rentals must be a minimum of two consecutive nights, but not more than thirty days.

  • Short-term rentals may be rented for a maximum of sixty days per calendar year.

  • Short-term rentals may not be rented for events, parties or gatherings.

  • Only single family dwellings may be used as short-term rentals. Accessory dwelling units and multi-family dwelling units are prohibited from use as a short-term rental.

  • Revenue generated by short-term rentals is subject to the City’s rental tax.

  • Residents operating a short-term rental without a permit or in violation of the ordinance will be subject to a $1,500 fine for the first offense and fines of $5,000 for any subsequent offenses.

The  Short-Term Rental Permit Process

Short-term rental hosts must pay an application fee of $300, have met all safety requirements, provide several city ordinances to tenants, and pay rental income tax to the City on the gross receipts from the rentals.

Short-Term Rental Permit Application

The application requirements include: proof of residency, proof of insurance, every online listing of the rental including personal webpages.  If a building inspection is necessary, there is an additional fee of $200 added to the $300 application fee. Download and complete the five page application here.

For more information, contact the Piedmont Planning Department at 510/420-3050.

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