Short term rentals have been becoming increasingly popular recently. Short-term rentals are considered a rental that occurs in a home between the property owner and a renter that only requires the home for one night or up to 29 days of stay.
Santa Clara City encourages rentals such as these, however; there are only certain areas within the city that are zoned for the short term or nightly rentals. The two subdivision development areas that Santa Clara City currently allows for these type of rentals are: Paradise Village at Zion and Lava Falls at Entrada. Any home that is in an R-1-10 residentially zoned area, is NOT permitted to have a short-term type of rental at that property. As per Section 17.20.260(A), the Santa Clara City Code states that if a short term rental property takes place outside of the currently allowed zoned areas, could result in a $750 per day penalty as well as a Class B Misdemeanor $1000 fine.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call or visit the Building Department and we would be happy to help with explanations about this ordinance.