January 26, 2021
Contact Robin Godfrey, PIO (951) 461-6007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The City of Murrieta Unveils Short-Term Vacation Rental Web Portal
The City of Murrieta has launched its Short Term Vacation Rental (STVR) web portal, at www.MurrietaCA.gov/stvr, providing 24-hour access to a wide range of tools for STVR hosts and residents.
This follows last October’s City Council adoption of a new STVR ordinance that allows hosted rentals in all residential areas. It also limits non-hosted (whole-house) rentals to Rural Residential (RR) and Estate Residential 1 and 2 (ER-1) and (ER-2) zones. It requires a 300-foot separation measured from all property lines for the proposed establishment of non-hosted STVRs in the ER-1 and ER-2 zones. The ordinance also establishes enforceable guidelines on parking, noise, and guests' number to protect neighborhood quality-of-life and caps the number of rentals at 300 citywide.
“Over the past two months, we have invited more than 100 existing STVRs to pre-apply while we worked with our partners at Host Compliance to put the finishing touches on web tools designed to streamline STVR management and ensure that community concerns are addressed,” explains Assistant City Manager Ivan Holler.
Through the City’s web portal, community members and potential hosts can learn about the new City ordinance, view zoning maps, apply for required permits, and much more. Also, neighbors can submit concerns online through the STVR website or via a 24-hour hotline. Hosts that incur repeated violations may face fines or permit loss.
“This ordinance offers a balanced approach that supports small business while maintaining that residential quality of life that Murrieta is known for,” says Murrieta Mayor Scott Vinton. Through a series of workshops, we heard from hundreds of residents and STVR hosts. We learned that most short-term vacation rentals provide a valuable service while respecting the neighborhood, but we know that’s not always the case. Through balanced regulation, we now have the tools to manage a short-term vacation-rental program that’s good for visitors, hosts, and communities.”
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