Are there any restrictions to using a barbeque or outdoor firepit/heater at my Short-Term Rental?

Yes, pursuant to Zoning Code Section 20-48.070(B)(5), the following outdoor burning requirements apply to Short-Term Rentals:


  • Outdoor burning at Non-Hosted Short-Term Rentals shall be limited to outdoor firepits, fireplaces, barbeques/grills and heaters that generate an open flame through the use of a single five-gallon cylinder of liquid petroleum gas (LGP) or are fed by natural gas.  Such outdoor burning shall not be located within 10 feet of combustible vegetation and overhanging trees limbs. 
  • No other outdoor burning shall be permitted at Non-Hosted Short-Term Rentals.  
  • Outdoor burning at Hosted Short-Term Rentals shall comply with all requirements of Santa Rosa Municipal Code Chapter 18-44 and the California Fire Code.

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1. When did the Short-Term Rentals Ordinance go into effect?
2. What is a short-term rental?
3. What is a Hosted short-term rental?
4. What is a Non-Hosted short-term rental?
5. Is the City accepting applications for new Non-Hosted Short-Term Rental Permits?
6. Non-Hosted Short-Term Rental Permits are capped citywide at 182. If the number of issued Non-Hosted Permits drops below 182, will the City start accepting new Non-Hosted Permit applications?
7. What if my property is associated with an HOA?
8. Are there any restrictions on what type of housing units can be used as a short-term rental?
9. What requirements must a Short-Term-Rental operator follow to be in compliance?
10. Are there any restrictions to using a barbeque or outdoor firepit/heater at my Short-Term Rental?
11. Where can a Short-Term Rental operate in the City?
12. What is the process for City staff review of New and Renewal Short-Term Rental Permit applications?
13. Do I need to submit all of the application materials identified on the application for a Renewal Permit, even if there have been no changes to my property/unit since my original application?
14. For a Renewal application, am I required to fill out all of the fields for things like zoning district, parcel number, contact information etc. if nothing has changed?
15. Will the City send a reminder or notice of the Short-Term Rental Permit expiration date and renewal process?
16. Will the issuance and expiration month and day of my Permit change with each Renewal Permit issuance?
17. What registrations or permits are required for a Short-Term Rental to operate in compliance with the Ordinance?
18. How do I register my short-term rental for BIA assessments?
19. Where can I get receipts from my TOT payments?
20. Do I need to obtain a Business Tax Certificate?