The County of Humboldt reminds the community that an ordinance is being prepared to allow the use of short-term rentals (STRs) in unincorporated Humboldt County.
The Planning & Building Department will host a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, June 28 to receive public input on the draft ordinance, so it can be improved before it is reviewed by the Planning Commission and presented to the Board of Supervisors for consideration.
On June 6, 2023, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors adopted an urgency ordinance establishing a temporary moratorium on the establishment and permitting of short-term rental units in unincorporated Humboldt County. The moratorium was adopted to discourage short-term rental operators from rushing to initiate new STRs in advance of the adoption of a proposed Short-Term Rental Ordinance. If the ordinance is adopted giving deference to existing short-term rental properties, STRs initiated after June 6 will not be acknowledged as existing due to this moratorium.
Many community members do not realize STRs are not currently allowed in unincorporated Humboldt County. While there are many residences operating as STRs in Humboldt County, enforcement against these rentals is pursued only in response to complaints from the public. The adoption of the moratorium does not change this approach or change anything for existing short-term rental operators.
The purpose of the draft Short-Term Rental Ordinance is to allow some residences in unincorporated Humboldt County to be used for STRs while protecting the character of the neighborhoods where they are located and to preserve residential units for people and families who live and work in Humboldt County.
To learn more and review the draft ordinance documents, please visit the Short-Term Rental Ordinance web page.
A virtual public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, to discuss the proposed ordinance. The meeting will feature a presentation of the draft ordinance and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share concerns, ideas, and input.
To register to attend the Short-Term Rental Ordinance Public Meeting, please visit bit.ly/HumSTRO.
Before joining the meeting, attendees are encouraged to download the most recent version of Zoom to be able to fully participate. Closed captioning will be provided.
This meeting will be recorded and posted on the County of Humboldt’s YouTube channel. Attendees may choose to keep their cameras off and not use their full names. The purpose for posting the recorded videos is to make it available as a resource for community members.
For more information, please email Associate Planner Keenan Hilton at email@example.com or call (707) 268-3722.