For those homeowners operating a short-term vacation rental (30 days or less), they are also required to complete a Homeowners Application in order to obtain a vacation rental permit (which is included in the business license).
For homeowners operating a vacation rental in a homeowner's association (HOA), an additional Ordinance, #781 was certified on October 12, 2016 and became effective 30 days after certification on November 11, 2016. This ordinance requires for units located in any area governed by a homeowners association or community association and subject to covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs), the owner or the owner's authorized agent or representative must additionally submit a letter from the association's governing board stating that either the CC&Rs do not regulate such vacation rentals, or that vacation rentals are not prohibited at the proposed unit by the CC&Rs. This letter must be submitted along with the business license application/renewal and the vacation rental application/renewal.
Property Management Companies managing vacation rentals are required to obtain a business license for not only their property management firm, but also for the individual properties they manage. These forms need to be completed:
Per the Municipal Code, the number of occupants allowed to occupy any given vacation rental unit is limited as follows:
Number of Bedrooms
Total of Overnight* Occupants
Total Daytime** Occupants (Including Number of Overnight Occupants)
Prior to permitting occupancy of a vacation rental unit by a transient, the owner or the owner’s authorized agent or representative shall: (a) obtain the name, address, and a copy of a valid government identification of the responsible person; (b) provide information about the vacation rental regulations; and (c) require such responsible person to execute a formal acknowledgement that he or she is legally responsible for compliance by all occupants of the vacation rental unit and their guests with all applicable laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the use and occupancy of the vacation rental unit.
For short-term rentals, TOT return is due at the end of the month for the previous month's rentals, e.g., January TOT is due at the end of February. The current TOT rate is 12%.
Frequently Asked Facts about TOT are included, please see TOT Reminders.
City of Cathedral City, 68700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero, Cathedral City, CA 92234. Tel: (760) 770-0340