Short-Term Vacation Rentals


Community Input on Short-Term Vacation Rentals in the City of Ventura

The City of Ventura held two public meetings to discuss short-term vacation rentals.  The first meeting was on December 13, 2016 at the Wedgewood Banquet Center and the second meeting was on January 31, 2017 at the Poinsettia Pavilion.

Both meetings were well attended by property owners, neighbors, realtors, property management companies and the public at large.  The meetings included a facilitated exercise wherein attendees worked to identify:

  • Issues/concerns and negative impacts of short-term vacation rentals within the City
  • Positives of short-term vacation rentals within the City
  • Potential solutions for short-term vacation rentals within the City


During the second public meeting, attendees were given two stickers and were asked to place the stickers on the most critical theme(s) or specific area(s) identified on the Issues/Concerns and Negative Impacts panel of community feedback.


Click on the links below to view the community input collectively compiled from both the December 13, 2016 and the January 31, 2017 public meeting. 


The Issues, Concerns and Negative Impacts document shows the themes and specific areas that received stickers from participants highlighted in beige along with the number of stickers given.


Please note that the information gathered from the meetings has not been vetted, evaluated or fact-checked.


STVR Issues/Concerns and Negative Impacts identified by attendees at the public meeting on December 13, 2016 and January 31, 2017

STVR Positive Aspects identified by attendees at the public meeting on December 13, 2016 and January 31, 2017

STVR Potential Solutions identified by attendees at the public meeting on December 13, 2016 and January 31, 2017


Next steps involve forming a small stakeholder group to conduct in depth analysis and research potential solutions to issues involving short-term vacation rentals within the City.  The stakeholder group will utilize the feedback from the community and make recommendations to staff on any changes to the current policies.

Please email if you would like to provide any comments.

In September 2016, the City Council directed staff to engage various stakeholders and the community to review and consider possible changes to the short-term vacation rental ordinance and related policies. City staff is slated to bring a recommendation to the City Council on this issue in the spring.


Short-Term Vacation Rental Permits

Owners of residential dwellings located within the City of Ventura who rent their property for 30 days or less are required to apply for and obtain a Short-Term Vacation Rental permit, a City of Ventura Business License, and collect and remit Transient Occupancy Tax at 10% of the rents received (30 days or less per tenant).

To apply for a Short-Term Vacation Rental Permit, download the following forms and documents.  Follow the Filing Instructions and submit the necessary forms and fees.

Other Forms:

Contact Information for the Business Tax Office

Email:     Phone: (805) 658-4773     Fax: (805) 653-0634

Ordinance Text:

It is important for owners to be familiar with and adhere to the Performance Standards for operating a Short-Term Vacation Rental. Owners are also responsible to ensure their renters and their guests comply with these Performance Standards as well.

STVR Transient Occupancy Tax Monthly Return Forms:


How to Report Short-term Vacation Rental Nuisances:  

The primary purpose for this permit is to minimize public nuisance conditions often associated with short-term vacation rentals.  A Nuisance Response Plan provided by the vacation rental owner(s) is posted on our website (see below) that provides a contact name and number should short-term renters impact the neighborhood with nuisance activities, such as loud afterhours parties or noise, disruptive behavior, illegal parking, excessive and/or overflowing trash, or any activity that disrupts the neighborhood peace.  Continued unacceptable behavior should be reported to the City and is subject to citation and fines.

The Nuisance Response Plan is not intended to be used for frivolous, unsubstantiated complaints.  Common sense should be exercised in the case of matters that are best attended to by the Police Department or City Code Enforcement Officers. 

After pursing the contacts on the Nuisance Response Plan, if the problem persists:


***To report a complaint, use the link directly above "Report Violations"*** For questions or more information, contact Permit Administrator Noëlle Sorensen   (805) 658-4773 

Registered Nuisance Response Plans