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Vacation Rentals

In Santa Cruz County, property owners may rent part or all of their home as a short-term rental (less than 30 days) with a permit.

Short-term rental of an entire home requires a Vacation Rental Permit. Vacation Rentals are different from “Hosted Rentals” and “Bed and Breakfasts” (short-term rental of a portion of a home where the property owner is on site during the rental).

Following is some key information about Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz County.

Vacation Rental Ordinance

Emergency Contacts for Vacation Rentals

Map of Active Vacation Rentals in the County

Vacation Rental Application

Government Code and Personnel Regulations Regarding Posting Information of Elected/Appointment Officials, Public Safety Officials, or County Employees:


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