Council to Consider Prohibition of Short Term Rentals

Tues., Jan. 16th - 7:30PM
City Council Chamber

At its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., the City Council will consider the prohibition of Short Term Rentals. Given the recommendations of the Planning Commission, the fact that short-term rentals would have a detrimental effect on the City’s ability to supply long-term housing in conformance with the Housing Element of the City’s General Plan and the Regional Housing Needs Allocation, and based upon recommended findings, staff is recommending the City Council adopt an ordinance prohibiting all short-term rentals.


On September 8, 2014 the Planning Commission unanimously supported the complete prohibition of short-term rentals and recommended that staff develop regulations that do so. Having received the Planning Commission’s endorsement of prohibition, the City Council considered the recommendation during its meeting on September 21, 2015 and directed staff to develop regulations to prohibit short-term rentals in accessory dwelling units (formerly second units) and multi-family apartments, and directed the Planning Commission to continue its deliberations and receive comments from the public in order to make a recommendation on whether to allow or prohibit hosted and/or unhosted short-term rentals in primary dwelling units.

On both November 9, 2015, when it considered regulations specific to short-term rentals, and November 10, 2016, when it considered a comprehensive update to City Code Chapter 17, the Planning Commission recommended the adoption of regulations that prohibit all short-term rentals. Please follow the links at the top of this page to relevant staff reports and follow the link at the bottom of the page to the minutes of the relevant Planning Commission and City Council meetings.

Public Participation

Members of the public are encouraged to participate throughout this process by submitting comments and attending the meetings. Written comments may be submitted to the City Council via email at or via US Mail addressed to City Clerk John Tulloch at 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611.

For questions on the proposed code changes or to be added to the list of community members who wish to receive email notification of proposed revisions to land use regulations, please contact Planning Director Kevin Jackson at or (510) 420-3050.

Relevant Documents