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Short Term Vacation Rentals

Short Term Vacation Rental Program

The City of Petaluma’s short term vacation rental program--which allows all or part of a residential property to be rented out for stays less than 30 days--went into effect October 14, 2015.  The program established requirements, limitations, and complaint procedures for short-term vacation rental property owners or designated managers (also known as “Hosts”) and their neighbors.


Starting January 1, 2016, the City will require the following permits:

  1. A valid Short Term Vacation Rental Permit ($348.80)
  2. City of Petaluma Business License ($49)
  3. Transient Occupancy Tax Certificate (10% of revenue)

Short Term Vacation Rental Application Package


Important Notice:

This program is scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2018 unless it is extended by the City Council.  The program could also be terminated on an earlier date if the City Council takes such action.  In either instance, existing permits would be valid through the end of the calendar year in which it was issued, but permits would not be renewed.



If you recently received a notice about a Short Term Vacation Rental permit, that notice provides contact information to the responsible manager for that property with whom you can contact to discuss any concerns or issues arising from the use of the property as a Short Term Vacation Rental.  If you feel that a STVR near you is not following the guidelines of the program, you can contact the following staff:

Planning Division

Ellen McDowell


Police Department





Contact Information

11 English St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
phone: 707.778.4301
fax: 707.778.4498

phone: 707.778.4301

Hours: 8am - 4pm
Monday through Thursday – Closed every Friday

phone: 707.778.4470

Hours: 8am - 5pm
Mondays through Thursdays, Closed Fridays

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