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short-term vacation rental permit

The City Council established a short-term vacation rental permit on January 19, 2016 (City Code 5.114). All operators of short-term rental property (a stay of 30 days or less) need to apply for either a short-term rental permit or a conditional use permit from Community Development.

Based upon zone use regulations, find your property’s zoning by clicking here

Click here to apply for your short-term rental permit

Primary Residence

The operator of a short-term vacation rental from their primary residence is required to apply for a short-term rental permit, pay an annual business tax as a hotel of $50, and collect and remit transient occupancy tax of 12% from renters.

Registry Reporting:

Secondary Residence

A short-term vacation rental may operate from a location that is not the operator's primary residence for a total of 90 days in a calendar year. After the operator exceeds 90 days in a calendar year, the conditional use permit process must be started. Until the conditional use permit is applied for, an operator of a short-term rental is required to apply for a short-term rental permit. An annual business tax as a hotel of $50 and collection and remittance of transient occupancy tax of 12% from renters is required of all short-term vacation rental operators.

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Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the program.  Questions? Contact the Revenue Division, Permits & Taxes Unit at 916.808.8500 or with any questions.  Phone hours Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


The City has published a list of all of the active Short-Term Rental permits within the City of Sacramento on the City's Open Data Portal.  The data is uploaded on the 1st Wednesday of every month.


Report a short-term rental

Think a property is operating as a short-term rental without a City issued permit?  Want to file a complaint about a short-term rental?  Call 3-1-1 or (916) 808-5011 or make a complaint online.