Here’s the meat of the new regulations:
On March 15, 2017 the Palm Springs City Council adopted Ordinance No.1918 amending and restating the Palm Springs Municipal Code relating to Vacation Rentals. This ordinance goes into effect on April 16, 2017.
Below is a brief summary of some of the critical components of the Ordinance:
Ownership – An owner shall be issued, and can only maintain (subject to limited grandfathering allowances) one Vacation Rental Registration certificate at any time. A certificate shall not be issued to any Business Entity, other than a limited liability company. All Business Entities must report ownership status by June 1, 2017 and transfer ownership to a natural person by June 1, 2018
New and Renewal Applications – These will require proof of insurance, indemnification/hold harmless in favor of the City, HOA approval letter if applicable, and Electrician Certification of pool/spa template
Contract limits – No more than 32 contracts per calendar year allowed. An additional 4 contracts allowed during the 3rd quarter of a calendar year provided the entire term of these contracts occur during the 3rd quarter
New Occupancy Limits, number of cars
*Please note, for Estate Homeowners (those properties with 5 bedrooms or above), there are some different requirements for registration and operation. Those requirements are still under review. As of now, Estate homes may only be operated in property zones R-1-B, R-1-A, R-1-AH, or G-R-5.
**Overnight occupancy allows for an additional two minors (Age 12 or under)
New Fines and Penalties for Violations Effective April 16, 2017
Friends and Family List – Owner may submit up to five persons who may occupy the vacation rental at no cost and without requiring the presence of the Owner on the premises. This must be submitted by June 1, 2017 or at time of renewal/new application
Live Meet & Greet for guests effective June 1, 2017 (VPS has already initiated this process!)
Noise Complaints/Disorderly Conduct – Effective April 16, 2017, the City will now serve as the first responder for any noise complaints or disorderly conduct. VPS will maintain 24 hour vigilance to respond to Enforcement Official in the event of noise complaints, disorderly conduct, or eviction notice
Posting requirements – Each owner shall be required to post registration certificate and copy of rules and regulations associated with vacation rentals on the inside of the front door and the primary door to the back yard
Building, Fire and safety inspections by Vacation Rental Compliance Department are required on an annual basis at time of renewal/new application
You may contact the City of Palm Springs Department of Rental Compliance at (760) 323-8257 or (760) 322-8370/8372.