Short-Term Vacation Rentals


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

The second public meeting on short-term vacation rentals will be held on January 31, from 6-8pm at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura.  

This meeting is a follow-up to the City's December 13, 2016 public meeting to discuss short-term vacation rentals within the city of Ventura.


The meeting included a facilitated exercise wherein attendees worked in small groups allowing property owners, neighbors, realtors, property management companies and the public at large to work together to identify issues and potential solutions for issues involving short-term vacation rentals within the City.




Click on the links below to view the community input from the December 13, 2016 public meeting.
Please note that the information gathered from the meeting has not been vetted, evaluated or fact-checked.

STVR Concerns/issues identified by attendees at the public meeting on December 13, 2016

STVR Positive aspects identified by attendees at the public meeting on December 13, 2016

STVR Potential solutions identified by attendees at the public meeting on December 13, 2016





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 or are interested in serving on the stakeholder group.

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:

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