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Vacation Rentals

The Board of Supervisors approved Vacation Rental Ordinance Amendments on January 26, 2021. The amendments are now in effect.

The moratorium on issuance of new vacation rental permits is now lifted. The Planning Department has commenced processing applications for new vacation rentals. Please note, the three Designated Areas, which are the Live Oak Designated Area (LODA); the Seacliff/Aptos/La Selva Beach Designated Area (SALSDA); and the Davenport/Swanton Designated Area (DASDA) are currently at capacity. There is currently a Wait List for new permits in these areas. For more information on how to submit a Wait List request, please review the Wait List request information below.


The Planning Department is currently maintaining a Wait List for Vacation Rental and Hosted Rentals permits in the three Designated Areas (LODA, SALSDA, and DASDA). Permits will be issued on a first-applied, first-issued system, with evaluation of permit availability occurring on a bi-annual basis (June 1st and December 1st). There is a $145.00 annual Wait List fee to maintain a space on the List. To submit a Wait List request, please fill out the Wait List Request Form.

To check your placement on the most up-to-date Wait List, you may view the current Wait List.

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 (as amended 1/26/21)

Emergency Contacts for Vacation Rentals

Map of Active Vacation Rentals in the County

Vacation Rental Application


Apply for a Vacation Rental/Renewal Permit

All permit application submittals are being taken in remotely via the department’s online “ePlan” portal. To submit an application for a Vacation Rental Permit or Renewal, please visit the ePlan Review Page.

For more information about the ePlan process, please refer to the attached ePlan Discretionary Permit Overview and Application Process Guidelines.


Questions?  Visit the Planning Counter, email us at or call the Zoning Information Line at (831) 454-2130.