Rancho Mirage is moving toward a ban on short-term vacation rental homes in non-gated neighborhoods, effective Jan. 1.

The council voted 5-0 on Thursday in favor of an amendment to the city’s current short-term rentals ordinance after more than four hours of council discussion, and public comments from about 35 residents, short-term rental owners and property managers — all but four of whom spoke against the ban.

Councilmembers still need to pass the second reading of the ordinance in order for it to go into effect. They will vote on possibly enact the ordinance during the November 5 meeting.

If passed on Nov 5, the ordinance would go into effect 30 days later.

City records show that STVRs in public neighborhoods make up 45% of the city’s STVR inventory.

Rancho Mirage currently issues STR permits annually on Jan. 1. That means the current permits will automatically expire Dec. 31 without any option for renewal on121 properties outside HOAs and non-gated communities.

The 149 STRs inside private communities would still be able to operate under the mandates written by the HOAs that oversee those residential areas.


If you are considering to buy Short-term Vacation Rentals in the greater Palm Springs area, make sure you are familiar with and understand the ordinance and regulations fully. These regulations are meant to protect the neighborhood, property values – your future investment! And talk to fellow Vacation Rentals Investors or Real Estate Agents – your local experts.

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