Residential Short Term Rental
Alpine County adopted revised regulations for short-term rental (STR) uses on May 18, 2021. The new regulations became effective on July 1, 2021.
- ❓ Residential Short-Term Rental Ordinance (Chapter 18.73 of Alpine County Code)
- ex✍📝 Submit Application for Short Term Rental Registration
- Instructions: Utilize the Planning And Development application, Select "Short Term Rental" from Project Information/ Project Type category. Be sure to upload all forms and documents.
- Please Indicate which fiscal year(s) you are registering for:
- Fiscal Year (June 30th, 2021- June 30th 2022)
- Fiscal Year 2022-2023 (June 30th, 2023- June 30th 2023).
All property owners who would like to rent their homes (or a portion of their homes) for less than 30 days will need to obtain a short-term rental license unless exempt from the regulations outlined in the Ordinance.
The regulations apply to all properties within Alpine County but establish different standards depending on the location of the parcel. To be completely permitted for a short-term rental license, applicant will need to have submitted the following forms and documents:
- Short-Term Rental License Registration Form*, must be signed by owner of property
- Short-Term Rental Standards Compliance Agreement [pdf]
- Alpine County Business License
- Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) Registration
- If your property management company manages this, please indicate management company on forms.
- Fictitious Name Registration (if applicable)
- Property Owner Authorization (if applicable)
Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs
What are the regulations for properties on the East Slope of Alpine County (Markleeville, Woodfords, Mesa Vista)?
- No more than 35 short-term rental uses are allowed on the East Slope.
- New applications must meet the 100 foot buffer requirement.
- If a new application is approved, the property owner is required to notify property owners within 300 feet.
Which uses are exempt* from the requirement to register?
- Rental of one bedroom in an owner occupied residence accommodating no more than three guest.
- Rental of a residence for no more than 5 days per calendar year.
*Exempt from zoning requirements. Transient occupancy tax and business license apply.
How much does registration cost?
$100, Cash or Check, per fiscal year made payable to Alpine County, Community Development- *if and after application is deemed eligible.
How long is the registration good for?
All licenses are issued for a period of one year. Licenses shall be issued for the period of time beginning on July 1st of each year and shall conclude on June 30th of the following year. Applications made during the year shall be issued for a prorated period to conclude on June 30th. (Ord. 740-21 § 1, 2021).
How do I know if my East Slope property is eligible for Short Term Rental use?
Please reach out to 📧Larry Shoemaker, Planner II to see inquire about the current number of actively permitted Short Term Rentals, and if your property is eligible..
Do I need to notify my neighbors?
All East Slope Properties, those outside of Kirkwood and Bear Valley are subject to neighbor noticing requirements.
Is there a cap on the total number of Short Term Rentals units allowed in Kirkwood or Bear Valley?
Is there a buffer requirement for Short Term Rental units in Kirkwood or Bear Valley?
Can a property management company submit the registration on my behalf?
Yes, a property management company may submit and manage the registration as long as a signed Property Owner Authorization is provided by the applicant. Please have the property management company provide proof of TOT registration.
Do I have to Display the Permit in my listing ?
What are the standards for residential short term rental uses?
Resources for Short Term Rentals
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