Planners to revisit North Coast vacation rental rule changes Thursday

San Luis Obispo County planning commissioners are set to try again Thursday to wrap up their recommended changes for the ordinance regulating how private homes are rented short-term to vacationers in Cambria and Cayucos. The communities of Cayucos, Los Osos and Avila Beach also could be added to the ordinance.

The meeting is to begin at 9 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo.

The commissioners discussed the proposed changes in April and July and were to have considered additional modifications in August, but other items ran long so consideration was put off until today.

County supervisors would have to approve any changes.

Among possible modifications are:

  • Additional requirements for new vacation-rental homes;
  • Expanding a buffer zone between rental units;
  • Additional posting spots for the name and contact information of whomever is managing the home;
  • Clarification of noise restrictions and penalties;
  • How many times in a calendar month a vacation home could be rented;
  • Specifying that when a business license expires, a new zoning clearance is needed;
  • Establishing time limits on vacation rentals grandfathered in under the existing ordinance, especially those not being rented;
  • Identifying illegal vacation rentals (those that don’t have proper licenses, permits and/or don’t pay so-called “bed tax” to the county); and
  • Developing and levying meaningful penalties for violations.

Cambria has about 350 licensed vacation rental homes, although not all of them are actively marketed or rented.