Extension of Interim Urgency Ordinance No. 6321 Temporary Cap on Vacation Rentals


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sonoma County
Document Title
Extension of Interim Urgency Ordinance No. 6321 Temporary Cap on Vacation Rentals
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Present Land Use
Document Description
The proposed project is Adopt an Ordinance extending Ordinance No. 6321 (temporary cap on vacation rentals),as extended by Ord. No. 6326, until August 6, 2022, limited to specified areas in the First and Fifth Supervisorial Districts. Outside of these areas, the existing cap on new whole-house vacation rentals will be repealed. This ordinance would not affect the status of existing vacation rental permits or vacation rental permit applications determined to be complete as of August 18, 2020, and does not apply to hosted rentals.

Contact Information

Gary Helfrich
Agency Name
County of Sonoma
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
County of Sonoma
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Other Location Info
Various parcels
Other Information
Various parcels

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Sections 15262, 15378, and 15061(b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
(a) The temporary cap on new vacation rental permits is intended to provide additional time to conduct public outreach, feasibility, and planning studies necessary for future actions by the Board of Supervisors and is statutorily exempt from environmental review under Section 15262 (a) Under CEQA Guidelines Section 15378, the temporary extension of a cap on vacation rentals is not a project under CEQA because it will not cause a "direct physical change in the environment," or a "reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment" because the ordinance is limiting in nature and do not authorize any specific development activity or promote new construction or growth. (b) Under CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3), CEQA review is not required because there is no possibility that this Ordinance may have a significant effect upon the environment.


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