The Amador County Planning Commission continued its work on an ordinance that will regulate short term residential rentals in the county at its meeting last week.
The proposed ordinance, which will regulate Air BnB and other similar rentals, was reviewed by both planning commissioners and members of the general public at the June 11 meeting. The majority of public comments came from current owners of short-term rentals in the county, many of whom objected to either specific elements of the draft ordinance or to having an ordinance in general. According the language of the draft ordinance, those who rent out homes or parts of homes in residential areas will be required to receive a staff-level use permit from the county. Facilities with more than five bedrooms or those that host events will need to get approval from the planning commission. Responding to public comment, the Commissioners rejected a proposal to require an on-site caretaker at each rental unit but were receptive to restricting outdoor fires at the rentals. County staff will revise the draft ordinance, based on the input, and the document will be reviewed once more by the planning commission before they vote on a recommendation to the Amador County Board of Supervisors.