Short Term Rentals (STR) in the City of Oxnard
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On August 1st the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a proposed ordinance of the City Council of the City of Oxnard regarding a short-term rental ordinance. The Planning Commission will hear public comment, deliberate and make a recommendation to amend the proposed ordinance or forward it City Council with a recommendation to approve.
This is a regular meeting of the Planning Commission. Please note, regular meetings times have changed from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Oxnard City Council Chambers located at 305 W. Third Street, Oxnard, CA 93030. The Agenda and Staff report have been published to the Planning Commission website.
On July 9th the Housing and Economic Development Committee will receive a summary report regarding proposed revisions and additions to the Oxnard City Code and review the recommended Coastal and Non-coastal Short Term Rental ordinance and provide input on the content. This input will provide necessary guidance for staff to finalize the ordinance so that it may be presented to the Planning Commission in August.
This is a regular meeting of the Committee and will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Oxnard City Council Chambers located at 305 W. Third Street, Oxnard, CA 93030. The Agenda and Staff report will be published no later than July 2nd. Please check back for a link to these items.
On March 25th the City Council will receive a report regarding recommended best practice regulations for a Short Term Rental ordinance. This is a special meeting of the City Council and will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center located at 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA 93030.
The City of Oxnard Housing and Economic Development Committee will review and discuss policy questions and options for the future development of a Short Term Rental Ordinance. The Committee meeting will be held on February 26th at 4:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers located at 305 W. 3rd Street.
The Committee will hear public comments and provide input on key questions which may provide the framework for the development of a Short Term Rental Ordinance. This input, along with Planning Commission input from prior meetings, will be communicated to the City Council at a future meeting date
On June 1st the Planning Commission conducted a study session on the issue of Short Term Vacation Rentals. The Planning Commissioners provided the following input on a set of questions:
On June 1st, 2017, the Planning Commission conducted a study session regarding Short-Term Vacation Rental (STR) Regulations. At this meeting, the public and Commission received a presentation on Planning Staff’s prior work efforts regarding regulation of STRs. The public and Planning Commission provided input on this topic. This input will be communicated to the City Council, as a study session at a future council meeting.
A copy of the staff’s presentation is provided here:
Thank you for attending the November 3rd Planning Commission study session regarding short-term rentals. We appreciate the input the community provided and comments received from the Planning Commission. Over the next few months, staff will be working to refine the proposed STR regulations. You can access a copy of the November 3rd Planning Commission staff report by going here:
You can secure a copy of staff’s November 3rd presentation by going here: Powerpoint Presentation (PDF)
On November 3rd at 7:00 p.m the Planning Commission will conduct a study session regarding Short Term Vacation Rental regulations. The meeting will be at the Performing Arts and Convention Center (PACC) located at 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard Room. This meeting is a study session only and no decisions will be made at this meeting. Interested parties should consult the Planning Division, Planning Commission website link below to confirm meeting scheduling:
On August 16, 2016, the City of Oxnard held a community meeting to solicit input regarding an ordinance the City is drafting on short-term rentals (STR) in Oxnard. Thank you to all those who attended; we appreciate the time you took to participate in this event. At the meeting, staff from the City’s Planning Division:
- provided an overview of STRs and best practices to regulate STRs;
- discussed proposed standards for STR operations; and
- presented results of a recent public survey on the topic.
Following staff’s presentation, the public was asked to participate in a community exercise to provide feedback about specific STR regulations. Additionally, participants provided written comments in response to specific topics, the meeting itself, and STRs in general. Below you will find a summary of the feedback we received at the meeting.
When participants arrived, they were asked to sign in and state which neighborhood they affiliate with. Together, coastal neighborhoods made up 86% of participants, Oxnard Shores alone made up over half of all participants. A detailed summary of neighborhood participation can be viewed by clicking on the thumbnail below:
Topic Questions: At the community meeting, participants were asked to provide input on specific regulations related to STRs. Topic questions were displayed around the room on boards with prepared multiple-choice style answers. Participants used stickers that were color-coded to the questions to identify the response that best suited their views. Color-coded stickers prevented multiple answers on the same topic, however, not all participants provided feedback on all of the questions. A summary of results can be viewed by clicking on the thumbnail below:
Additional Input for Topic Questions: If a participant determined that their feelings were not adequately represented by the available response options, notecards were available to provide additional input for each topic. Some of the common themes expressed by attendees regarding each topic are provided below:
Question 1: Guest Provisions
- Maximum of one guest per renting adult.
- One guest for every two renters.
- Number of guests should be dependent upon the location of the STR.
- Number of guests should be set by the owner.
- Number of guests should be determined by the bedroom count and available parking.
- No guests should be allowed.
Question 2: Minimum Distance Between STRs
- STRs should not be allowed where properties/tenants share a wall (e.g. apartments or townhomes) where neighboring buildings are built on the property line.
- Limit the total number of STRs in the City or limit the total of STRs by neighborhood.
- A minimum distance requirement may create problems for permitting existing STRs where they are already within close proximity to one another.
Question 3: Seasonal Changes to Minimum Rental Duration
- Rentals should be a minimum of 30 days.
Question 4: Maximum Number of Nights Rented Per Year
- STRs should be limited to a maximum of thirty rental nights per year.
- Designate districts and establish a maximum number of total rental nights per zone.
Question 5: Minimum Rental Duration
- Minimum rental duration should be either 29 or 30 days.
- Belief that the code already limited rentals to 30 days.
Question 6: Homestays
- Homestays will encourage multiple families living in the same house.
Question 7: Banning STRs
- How will regulations be enforced with absentee property owners / out-of-state investors?
General Comments: Participants also had the opportunity to provide general input not directly related to the seven topics. Below is a summary of some of the common themes expressed by participants leaving general comments:
- Certain properties with unique development standards such as zero lot lines, shared wall properties (apartments & condominiums), and properties with docks should be treated differently.
- Prior to having an STR permit issued, properties should be inspected for hazards and to ensure that proper building permits have been secured.
- Occupancy limits should be established based upon available parking.
- STR permittees/owners should pay for separate trash service and security.
- STR permittees/owners should pay into an organization to ensure regulations are enforced.
Thank you for attending our community meeting on August 16, 2016 regarding Short Term Rentals. For those that were unable to attend the meeting or would like to view the presentation again, please click the link below.
Community input from this meeting will be summarized and transmitted to the decision makers. Results of the community meeting will be posted on this webpage in the near future.
The City will continue to issue meeting and public hearing announcements regarding STRs. Be sure to check https://www.oxnard.org/short-term-rentals-str/ for updates.
For more information, contact the Development Services Department, Planning Division at (805) 385-7858.
Results from a survey on short-term rentals
The rise of online services such as Airbnb, Inc., and VRBO have led to an increased number of short-term rentals (STR) operating within the City of Oxnard. The City of Oxnard is drafting an STR ordinance to establish standards for the operation and licensing of STRs. As part of that effort, an online survey to gather opinions regarding STRs was conducted between March 21 and April 6, 2016.