Paso Robles to hold workshop on vacation rentals

Paso Robles is holding a public workshop to get the public’s feedback on drafting a potential ordinance to regulate short-term vacation rentals inside city limits.

The workshop is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers located at the City Hall/Library building, 1000 Spring St.

The city is researching options to regulate vacation rentals to balance the needs of the rental owner, the community and the visitor, according to a press release.

Short-term rentals are increasingly popular among tourists who use websites such as Airbnb and VRBO.com. Concerns around such operations include noise, parking and disruptive behavior.

Existing city rules allow for vacation rentals but require them to have a city business license and pay into the city’s 10 percent transient occupancy tax fund like hotels do.

In January, the city of San Luis Obispo set specific rules for vacation rentals including limiting the number of nightly guests, requiring onsite parking and making sure the responsible party is close by and available to respond to complaints.

For information on the workshop, call 237-3888.