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January 25, 2018

Community Update

by Tami Scott, Administrative Services Director

As many of you are aware, we are entering high season here in Cathedral City and the Coachella Valley. With less than desirable temperatures in many parts of our country, visitors flock to the California desert throughout the year, especially in the winter and spring. Here in Cathedral City, like many of our neighboring cities, we have not only hotels, motels and recreational vehicle (RV) parks available for our visitors to rent, but we also have a number of individually owned “vacation rental units” available throughout our city.

You might ask yourself what exactly is the definition of a vacation rental unit. The City of Cathedral City defines a vacation rental unit as a privately owned residential dwelling (not a hotel, motel or timeshare), including without limitation, a single-family detached or multiple-family attached unit, lodging or rooming house, dormitory, apartment house, condominium, cooperative apartment, duplex, mobile home or house trailer. Also the definition includes any space, lot, area, or site in any trailer court, campsite, park, or lot where a trailer, recreational vehicle, mobile home, motor home or any other conveyance, is rented for occupancy for dwelling, or lodging, or sleeping purposes.

For all vacation rentals, the owner or the owner’s authorized agent/representative is required to obtain a business license. In addition, short-term vacation rentals, 30 consecutive calendar days or less, require a vacation rental unit permit. The business license application, the vacation rental permit fee, and a fire/life safety inspection fee shall be accompanied by fifty-eight dollars ($58.00), four hundred and fifteen dollars ($415.00), and fifty dollars ($50.00), respectively.  The business license, the vacation rental permit, and a fire/life safety inspection must be renewed annually to remain valid. Furthermore, any rental agency or service engaged in advertising or renting vacation rentals shall maintain a separate business license.

Cathedral City welcomes visitors (vacationers) to our City’s attractions, events and neighborhoods.  Just like our citizens, visitors to our City are expected to be “good neighbors”. As a result, the City has developed a Good Neighbor Brochure outlining four pillars to being a good neighbor: noise, occupancy, parking and trash. While a vacation rental unit is rented, the owner, the owner’s authorized agent/representative and/or the owner’s designated local contact person shall be available twenty-four (24) hours/day, seven (7) days/week to be able to respond (within forty-five (45) minutes) to complaints regarding the condition, operation, or conduct of occupants and/or guests of the vacation rental unit. Should there be an issue with a vacation rental unit, Cathedral City has a HOTLINE available for residents to register a complaint. The vacation rental hotline number is 760-883-1800.

One of the primary concerns is to ensure the safety of our City’s residents and visitors. As a result, there is a limitation on the maximum number of occupants allowed to occupy a vacation rental unit:

* Overnight (10:01 p.m.—6:59 a.m.)

** Daytime (7:00 a.m.—10:00 p.m.)

In addition to the license and permit requirements, the owner or authorized agent/representative collects not only their nightly or weekly rent, but they also collect a 12% transient occupancy tax (TOT). This tax is remitted on a monthly basis to the City. You might ask the question “why have a tax for short-term vacation rentals”. Just like visitors coming to our City and staying at a hotel, motel or RV park, those opting to stay in a short-term rental unit are also using the City’s services (such as police, fire and paramedic), and City amenities such as roadways, streets, and parks. As such, there is the associated cost to maintain those City services and amenities.   

For the latest information and updates, please go to www.CathedralCity.gov and click on “I Want to… Get Vacation Rental Information.

News

The next City Council Meeting is February 14, 2018

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“Chasing Coral” – Free Showing – January 27th – Hosted by S.C.R.A.P. Gallery

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Upcoming Events

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4th Season Poster - Movies in the Park

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You are welcome to bring snacks or non-alcoholic drinks, but you can also purchase them from the movie organizers at the concession stand.  Great Family FUN!

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