The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors accepted a collection of sweeping modifications to native laws for trip rental houses throughout a four-hour assembly Tuesday on the long-simmering situation.

In a 4-0 vote, the board adopted guidelines that may widen areas the place leases are prohibited, set up caps on leases in different areas, amend insurance policies governing leases on the coast and permit pending allow purposes to proceed by way of the method.

The board additionally accepted a brand new trip rental license program that may standardize the necessities for all trip rental allow holders exterior cities.

A few of these necessities embody quiet hours from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. — a one hour enhance from the present 10 p.m. begin time — a cap on friends set by variety of bedrooms, parking requirements and different guidelines comparable to limits on exterior burning like campfires.

A number of the new guidelines, such because the visitor cap and parking necessities, is not going to apply to trip house house owners who acquired their permits underneath the present county guidelines. Different requirements, together with the brand new quiet hours, will apply to all leases in county ruled areas, mentioned Gary Helfrich, county planner.

Public response to the proposed laws was combined. Some full-time residents felt the county ought to do extra to manage present leases, whereas a number of residents concerned the holiday rental business mentioned they have been OK with guidelines outlined within the new program and others felt they have been too restrictive.

The modifications are supposed to handle residents’ considerations about trip leases’ impression on noise, public security and housing inventory — points which have lengthy dominated the county’s debate on trip leases and just lately led the board to increase a moratorium on issuing permits for brand spanking new trip leases.

David Applebaum, a Sonoma County resident, mentioned the modifications favored trip rental house owners.

“That is the chance to start out from scratch, to be daring,” Applebaum mentioned. “As an alternative we’re coddling the house owners of those trip houses.”

The board supported a request from Supervisor Lynda Hopkins who requested county employees to check greater charges and stronger penalties for trip house house owners discovered to be in violation of county guidelines and discover methods to restrict gentle air pollution.

Hopkins referred to as the present $100 violation positive a “slap on the wrist” for rental operators whose nightly charges run into the 4 figures. She advised the county enhance its charges to $1,000 and permit the choice to revoke a allow for as much as 5 years.

The board additionally accepted a measure that limits permits to the “pure” human proprietor of the property, which means a company can not apply for a allow.

The accepted laws are as a result of take impact in 30 days and can apply to unincorporated Sonoma County.

In 2021, there have been an estimated 2,459 native short-term leases within the county. Of these, about 1,485 have been in unincorporated areas ruled by the county, current financial examine commissioned by the county.

The leases assist help an area tourism financial system valued at about $2 billion a yr, and trip rental house owners pay lodging taxes that assist help native providers.

The county already prohibits trip leases in neighborhoods zoned for mid and high-density housing. The board’s vote Tuesday expands that restriction to low density (R1) zones, which usually embody residential areas that aren’t in a downtown space however are nonetheless related to public utilities like sewer, employees from the county’s planning division mentioned Tuesday.

The board additionally agreed to determine caps that might restrict leases to five% to 10% of present housing inventory in different low density residential zones. The intention behind the transfer is to ban or restrict leases in areas the place they might be “detrimental” to neighborhoods, a county employees report mentioned.

County employees is because of examine these areas, gather group suggestions and convey suggestions again to the board.

Each Sonoma Valley and Guerneville have excessive concentrations of trip leases in R1 zones, however the brand new ban isn’t anticipated to impression Sonoma Valley a lot due to exclusion zones already in place, Helfrich mentioned.

Guerneville, the place the native financial system is closely reliant on seasonal tourism, is a distinct story.

“The impression could be best within the Guerneville group,” mentioned Helfrich.

Hopkins, who represents the west county, in flip mentioned she supported a extra nuanced strategy to zoning restrictions, notably in Guerneville. She defined her purpose is guarantee neighborhoods that traditionally host trip leases aren’t disrupted, and shield different neighborhoods that wouldn’t have that historical past from being overrun with rentals- a suggestion supported by her fellow board members.