On April 16, 2017, Palm Springs passed new ordinances that affect vacation rentals by limiting the number of times a year a vacation rental could be rented and creating stricter rules in regards to occupancy, parking, and in-person notification of rules.
Booking Limits: Vacation homes can now only be rented up to 36 times a year and 4 of the bookings must occur in the summer.
Parking Limits: Only 1 car will be allowed per bedroom. Regardless of whether the cars are parked on private property or not, you can be cited by the city.
Occupancy Limit: The occupancy will be capped at 8 people with only 2 persons allowed per bedroom. Two children under 12 will be allowed in addition to the maximum.
In-person Meeting Requirement: All adults over the age of 25 must provide a “wet signature” that they understand rules and regulations, receive a copy of the rules and regulations, and be given verbal instructions on noise, parking, and occupancy.
Guest List Limit: Homeowners may have up to 5 people on their permanent guest list that can only be updated once a year at the time of renewal.
Three Strike Policy: If your home receives 3 citations within a 12-month period, including citations caused by guests, Palm Springs will suspend your TOT permit for 2 years.
The strict new set of ordinances did not go far enough for some Palm Springs residents intent on an outright ban on short-term rentals.
A newly formed neighborhood group is collecting signatures for a ballot initiative to vote on whether to ban short-term rentals.
A group called Vacation Rental Owners & Neighbors of Palm Springs is opposing this measure.
Vacation rentals provide valuable income for homeowners which include retirees and working people and those who want to maintain a second home in Palm Springs.