The short-term renting of residential houses, referred to as “vacation rentals,” is a fact of life in Cambria and San Simeon.  The County amended its vacation rental ordinance in 2013, recognizing that the community of Cambria has different views on vacation rentals than other communities.  Look for Title 23, Chapter 8, 165 Residential Vacation Rentals at: library.municode.com/ca/san_luis_obispo_county.

     Consistent with these regulations, the County has established phone and online facilities for reporting violations to the vacation rental code.  The Planning and Building Department Code Enforcement Section has extended its on-call availability for weekends and holidays to report vacation rental violations.  An Officer can be reached directly by phone (805-723-2500) on Fridays from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., as well as Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

     Code violations of any type, including vacation rental codes, can be reported by phone during Department business hours and weekday evenings (805-788-2350).  Any suspected code violation also can be reported anonymously online at:  slocounty.ca.gov/departments/planning-building.aspx.  The report form can be accessed by scrolling down the left side of the screen to click on “Report a Suspected Code Violation.”

     Additionally, according to code, each vacation rental property must have designated a local property manager who is required to be available 24 hours a day to respond to tenant and neighborhood questions or concerns. The name and contact information for the local property manager must be posted within each vacation rental property. Residents near a vacation rental are encouraged to maintain their own record of property managers’ contact information.  This helps to ensure that both the residents and the visitors enjoy the community.