Project Title:Short Term Rental Ordinance
Case Number: (None)                                
Project Location:Countywide Program
Assigned Staff and Division:

Whitney Wilkinson, Long Range Planning Division


Non-Coastal Zone

Short Term Rental regulations for the Non-Coastal Zone were adopted by the Board of Supervisors on October 3, 2017 and went into effect on October 1, 2018. It is illegal to advertise and/or rent property in the Non-Coastal Zone in Santa Barbara County on a short-term basis (fewer than 30 days) without first having obtained a Short-Term Rental (STR) permit from Planning and Development. 

Coastal Zone

Short term rentals in the Coastal Zone are currently unregulated, and Long Range Planning is in the process of developing regulations for short term rentals in the Coastal Zone. On September 1, 2020, staff plans to brief the Board of Supervisors and present potential ordinance approaches. The staff report and attachments are available online here and more information on this hearing can be found here

As of June 10, 2020, 126 STRs had been active in the Coastal Zone sometime in the last 12 months, and 338 have operated since data collection began on STRs. The vast majority of STRs occur within the First District, particularly within the Summerland and Montecito Community Plan Areas. The relative locations of these rentals with respect to supervisorial district and community plan boundaries can be seen in an interactive map found at


Short Term Rental regulations that are currently in effect are available here:

Land Use and Development Code

Montecito Land Use and Development Code

Short Term Rental regulations adopted for the Non-Coastal Zone include:

  • Allow STRs in certain Commercial zones;
  • Allow STRs in the STR-Coastal Zone Historic Overlay Zone;
  • Prohibit STRs in Residential Zones;
    Prohibit STRs in AG-I and AG-II Zones;
  • Prohibit STRs in Mixed Use, Resource Protection, Industrial, and Certain Special Purpose Zones;
    Allow 'Homestays' in AG-I and Residential Zones.
  • The option of Farmstays in AG-II has been directed to be reviewed in the Agricultural Tiered Permit project, to be completed at a later date.

In addition, the Board added these requirements for Homestays:

  • Homestays cannot exceed three bedrooms,
  • A person can only apply for one homestay license,
  • Homestays must have nuisance response plans and a long-term tenant, defined as someone who has a lease for at least 6 months.

Click here for a list of FAQs related to Homestays.

Please call the Zoning Counter for any Homestay permit questions:

North County (805) 934-6251

South County (805) 568-2090


Board of Supervisors

August 28th, 2018

California Coastal Commission

May 10, 2018

Board of Supervisors

October 3, 2017

June 6, 2017

December 6, 2016

Montecito Planning Commission

September 21, 2016

County Planning Commission

August 3, 2016

County Planning Commission

February 24, 2016

Montecito Planning Commission

November 18, 2015

County Planning Commission

November 4, 2015

Public Workshop

August 20, 2015

August 18, 2015

July 16 & 30, 2015


Coastal Zone Maps

Additional Information

We welcome any ideas, comments, suggestions or questions you may have throughout all stages of this project. Please contact the Long Range Planning Division via email. Join our mailing list to receive information about upcoming activities regarding Short Term Rentals.