Proposal would add Los Osos, Avila to vacation rental regulation area

Rules for short-term rentals of private homes in certain residential neighborhoods will be heard by the county Board of Supervisors, possibly on Nov. 15.

The planning commission approved recommending the revised vacation rental ordinance at its Sept. 22 meeting. Staff and the commission, in consultation with area advisory councils, have been working on the revisions since supervisors asked them to in March, spurred largely by complaints from year-round residents about unruly visitors who come for a brief stay and behave badly.

“These changes will substantially correct some of the frustrations experienced by regular residents resulting from noise and other problems created by nearby vacation rentals in the past,” said Commissioner Ken Topping of Cambria, “while at the same time protecting tourism in a manner consistent with the character of Cambria.”

The regulations currently apply to Cambria, where there are approximately 340 vacation rentals, and Cayucos, with about 245. The changes would expand the regulations to Los Osos, with 18 vacation rentals, and Avila Beach, with 32, according to the county.

Oceano, with an estimated 48 rentals, opted out of inclusion. Short-term rentals there will continue to need a minor-use permit from the county.

Modifications to the rules include changing the mandated distance between rentals; restricting rentals to four per month; adopting rules similar to that used by the city of San Luis Obispo for prohibiting “unreasonable” noise; mandating use of a tax certificate number in advertising; and having a contact person available around the clock to handle complaints.