Short-Term Vacation Rentals

A  short-term vacation rental, also known as a vacation rental, is the rental of an entire privately owned house, townhouse unit, condominium unit, apartment or other residence, or any space within a dwelling unit rented independently for stays of less than 30 days. A short-term rental does not include bed and breakfasts, hostels, motels, or other hotel establishments.

Vacation rentals may occur within a single or two-family dwelling with approval of a Vacation Rental permit. Vacation rentals may offer either:

  • Hosted accommodation, which means a vacation rental business for which the owner or authorized agent sleeps on the property of the vacation rental unit while it is being rented for transient occupancy; or
  • Nonhosted accommodation, which means a vacation rental business for which the owner or authorized agent does not reside at the vacation rental unit while it is being rented for transient occupancy.

Applications

In order to operate or advertise for a short-term vacation rental, approval of a Vacation Rental Permit and approval of a Business License is required. The following items are required to be included with a Vacation Rental application submittal:

For further information relating to Vacation Rental permit applications, submittal requirements, and processes, see “Vacation Rental Information Sheet and Application Guide.”

Accessory Dwelling Units

Short-term rentals of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) for which a building permit was issued on or after January 1, 2020, is strictly prohibited per State law. If an ADU obtained a building permit before January 1, 2020, short-term rentals may be allowed. If you have any questions or are unsure if your ADU is permitted, please contact the Planning Division.

Annual Renewals

Vacation Rental permits and Business Licenses are valid for one year and are required to be renewed to continue operating a property as a vacation rental. During the review of a Vacation Rental Renewal, the City will consider the vacation rental’s compliance with the Winters Municipal Code Vacation Rental Chapter (17.54), compliance with the property’s specific conditions of approval, and any complaints and/or violations that occurred during the previous year.

Quick Guide to Requirements:

Quick Guide to Short Term Rentals