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What is the effect of the Short-term Rental Moratorium?

A temporary moratorium on Short-term Rentals was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on June 6, 2023. The temporary moratorium expired on July 21, 2023. 

Following the expiration, the county regulations returned to the status quo: Short-term Rental (STR) of residences for a period of fewer than 30 days is not permitted in the unincorporated area of Humboldt County except in the inland portion of Shelter Cove. 

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.

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1. What is a short-term rental?
2. What kinds of short-term rentals are currently legal?
3. How do I make my voice heard in the process?
4. Will traditional Bed and Breakfast be regulated by this ordinance?
5. Will people that operate short-term rentals have to pay Transient Occupancy Tax?
6. What is the effect of the Short-term Rental Moratorium?
7. When can I register to get in line for a permit?
8. Is it possible to get a permit for a Short-term Rental now?
9. When will I be able to get a permit for my Short-term Rental?
10. Will my existing Short-term Rental be grandfathered in?
11. What type of permit will be required for a Short-term Rental?
12. How much will it cost to get a permit for a Short-term Rental?