Spotlighting Short-Term Rentals

February 21, 2018

Recently, the Palm Desert City Council approved a new ordinance that eventually eliminates short-term rentals in some residential areas (R-1 and R-2 zones) while preserving the opportunity to own and operate vacation rentals in Palm Desert’s planned residential zones, which contain many gated communities along with most of the homes in our community.

The City’s new short-term rental ordinance is a compromise that attempts to balance the interests of stakeholders on both sides of this important topic and preserve the qualities that make Palm Desert desirable to residents and visitors alike.

One of the lessons learned during the year-long process of developing and approving the ordinance was that the City’s enforcement of noise, parking, and other vacation rental-related violations has been inadequate.

To address this, the City has created a new Short-Term Rental Hotline – 760-862-6900. Residents, business owners, and visitors are encouraged to call the hotline anytime, day or night, they experience a problem with a vacation rental. To support the new hotline, the City has hired an additional Code Compliance Officer and expanded patrol hours.

For more information about what the City is doing to regulate short-term rentals, please call the Community Development Department at 760-346-0611, ext. 483. To report a problem with a short-term rental, please call the new hotline – 760-862-6900.

Last modified: February 21, 2018

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