Butte Supes Move to Regulate Rentals, Boost Own Salaries

At Tuesday's meeting, Butte County Supervisors elected to move forward with plans to regulate and tax short-term rental properties in residential neighborhoods.

Posted: Oct 24, 2018 7:13 AM
Updated: Oct 24, 2018 9:26 AM

Butte County, Calif. -- The Butte County Board of Supervisors made a few interesting moves at Tuesday’s meeting.

One was to move forward with developing an ordinance to regulate and tax short-term rentals in unincorporated areas of the county.

Hundreds of Butte County residents are renting out their properties short-term, according to websites like “AirB&B” and “Vacation Rental By Owner”, and it’s a violation of county codes.

Now, the county is taking action.

Supervisors met with the Planning Division to follow up on their request for some sort of law to regulate these rentals.

Some of the biggest concerns were parking availability, noise violations and limiting the number
of guests.

Under the new proposal, landlords must apply for an administrative permit and pay a transient occupant tax of 6%.

If the permit is violated landlords will get a strike on their record, and three strikes means the permit is revoked for 24 months.

There will be another public hearing on the proposal on December 11th.

Also at Tuesday's board meeting, Supervisors approved the salary ordinance, bumping their paychecks up by 2.89% (that's about $1,700 a year).

Under the ordinance, when state judges get a pay bump, board members can consider adding the same percentage increase to their own salaries.

The extra money will come from the county's tight budget, however.

With the percentage increase, board members will see their salary increase from roughly $59 thousand dollars to $61 thousand dollars.

Anyone with questions about the ordinance is invited to attend the next butte county board meeting on November 6th.

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