Welcome to the JTGCVRA

Joshua Tree Gateway Communities Vacation Rentals Association 

 

Vacation Rental (short term rental) hosts and full time managers are invited to join participate in the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities Vacation Rentals Association. We work together as a community to inform hosts of resources, best practices, good neighbor etiquette and desert etiquette to share with guests.

 

Our Facebook discussion group is only open to currently active owners and full time managers/hosts/co-hosts of vacation rentals in the Morongo Basin also known as the Joshua Tree Gateway Communities. 

 

To be added, go to the Facebook page and send a message to the page for info:

Joshua Tree Gateway Communities Vacation Rentals Association

If you aren't currently a host or full time manager of an active vacation rental, are looking for resources for creating a rental or if you have services to offer to vacation rental owners and managers you can join the Joshua Tree Vacation Rentals Resource group.

Joshua Tree Vacation Rentals Resource

Read and sign up for the e-newsletter

JTGC Vacation Rentals Association Newsletter

 
Latest STR Updates

As of May 15: All short term rentals have been re-opened in San Bernardino County as it moves into Stage 2b of it's Readiness and Reopening Plan

San Bernardino County Readiness and Reopening Plan

Adopted on May 7, 2020

Modified on May 22, 2020

Page 21:

"Stage 2b reopening will be at a date to be determined by the County Board of Supervisors and is focused on low- and medium-risk businesses and activities. All businesses will be highly encouraged to become a COVID Compliant Business Partner and follow the guidelines set forth. Though these will continue to be refined based on guidance and direction provided by the State and through direction provided by the Board of Supervisors, the listing of these businesses and activities include:

Hospitality and Entertainment

 o Short Term Rentals

  •  Rental sanitized after every stay

  •  Immediate family only

  •  Installation of signage reminding guests about physical distancing and local County safety requirements"

See page 56 of the plan for cleaning guidelines to become a San Bernardino County COVID-19 Compliant Business Partner

Resources: 

San Bernardino County Readiness and Reopening Plan

San Bernardino County COVID-19 Response website

Poster: REOPENING SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY AS OF MAY 15, 2020

 

Cleaning supplies and other tips on the JT Vacation Rentals Resource fb group

 

CDC cleaning guidelines

 

Airbnb cleaning guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
 

Airbnb cleaning checklist

 

VRMA COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information & Recovery Resources​

Unincorporated areas of the Morongo Basin

On November 5, 2019 the short term rentals ordinance for unincorporated desert and mountain areas of San Bernardino County was passed by the Board of Supervisors.

Application for Short Term Residential Rental Special Use Permit for properties located in unincorporated San Bernardino County. With links to:

 

Short-term Residential Rental Standards (Extracted from Chapter 84.28 of the San Bernardino County Development Code and other applicable codes) REV: 12/06/2019

 

Short Term Rental (STR) Application and Inspection/Operational Requirements​

 

Plot plan sample

 

The County has indicated that they are allowing for a grace period until March, 2020 for currently operating rentals to apply for a permit but it is better to get applications submitted as soon as possible. Currently operating rentals may continue to operate while the permit application is being processed.

 

For hosts of accommodations which do not have an Occupancy Permit issued (property designated as Single Family Residential (SFR) or Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)), for example- recreational (homestead) cabins (which are not SFR) and alternative accommodations (ie. trailers, RVs, yurts, teepees, domes, etc.); a Short Term Rental Special Use Permit is not available at this time and cannot be applied for. County reps have said that in a next phase they will be working on considering the possibility of allowing rental of these types of accommodations. More information will be posted as it comes out. Contact SBC Code Enforcement if you have any questions 

Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting - APPROVED AS AMENDED An Ordinance Amending Title 8 of the County Code relating to Short-Term Residential Rentals and Accessory Dwelling Units. 

Link to ordinance documents and meeting video

NEWS - Nov. 12, 2019

 

From the County of San Bernardino

 

Permits for short-term rentals in the Desert Region will not be required until December 5, 2019. Because of that, County Code Enforcement will not take any applications for short-term rental permits in the Desert Region until after December 5. However, prior to December 5, County Code Enforcement will be more than happy to assist short-term rental owners in the Desert Region with preparing an application to be accepted after December 5.

 

Because of the large number of permit applications that Code Enforcement anticipates receiving after December 5, Code Enforcement will not assess any penalties for late applications through at least the end of March 2020.

 

Any short-term rental owner who wants to fill out an application before December 5 or ask Code Enforcement staff any questions about the Short-Term Rental Program may call 909-884-4056.

News Media Contact: David Wert, Public Information Officer dwert@sbcounty.gov  909-387-4842

Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT)

Short term rentals in the unincorporated area of San Bernardino County are required to be registered, charge and remit TOT (Transient Occupancy Tax) on stays 29 days or less. The new permit application process will include registration for TOT reporting.

Starting with reservations made on and after August 1st, 2018, Airbnb and SBC entered into an agreement where Airbnb automatically charges guests and remits TOT to SBC for bookings made on their platform. Any bookings made on other platforms will be required to be reported and have TOT submitted to Tax Assessor on quarterly reports that are mailed to hosts. 

Airbnb information about San Bernardino County regulations

City of Twentynine Palms

Twentynine Palms Short Term Rental Application

Town of Yucca Valley

Yucca Valley Short Term Vacation Rental Application​

Homestead Cabins

 

For hosts of accommodations which do not have an Occupancy Permit issued (designated as Single Family Residential (SFR) on the tax roll or Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)) ie. Recreational (homestead) Cabins and alternative accommodations (ie. trailers, RVs, yurts, teepees, domes, etc.) - a Short Term Rental Special Use Permit is not available at this time and cannot be applied for. County reps have said that in a next phase they will be working on considering the possibility of allowing rental of these types of accommodations. More information will be posted as it comes out. 

 

Many people are buying homestead cabins also known as recreational (rec) cabins for the purposes of offering them as a vacation rental. Do extensive research before starting your project as these properties. Because of revisions in building and safety requirements, these may not be qualify to be given a STR permit if they do not have an occupancy permit. Substantial upgrades to foundation footing, insulation and other aspects of the structure would need to be brought up to current code requirements in order to be given an occupancy permit if the structure isn't already designated SFR. 

There is a Facebook group 

County Land Use Rec Cabin Information Bulletin 

County FAQ about homestead/recreational cabins

Alternative Accommodations

 

For hosts of accommodations which do not have an Occupancy Permit issued (designated as Single Family Residential (SFR) on the tax roll or Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)) ie. Recreational (homestead) Cabins and alternative accommodations (ie. trailers, RVs, yurts, teepees, domes, etc.) - a Short Term Rental Special Use Permit is not available at this time and cannot be applied for. County reps have said that in a next phase they will be working on considering the possibility of allowing rental of these types of accommodations. More information will be posted as it comes out. 

 

The renting out of homestead/rec cabins (which have not been give single family residential - SFR designation), trailers, RV's, yurts, teepees, tiny homes, etc. are currently not allowed under current County code. If an alternative accommodation is operating on a parcel that does have a land use designation (ie SFR), typically with an existing permitted dwelling, there is currently an unofficial moratorium on enforcement in effect from County. This allows these accommodation offerings to operate as long as they are operated without danger to health or safety or complaints of neighborhood nuisance. This is in effect until a decision is reached by County if these will be allowed or not. If the parcel does not have a designation (ie raw land), then it is at risk of being cited with a cease and desist order by Code Enforcement. 

 

If you are currently operating one of the types of accommodations it is very important to get connected asap. Please send an email describing your situation to hello@joshuatreevra.com requesting to get notified of and involved with establishing reasonable regulations for these types of accommodations. 

RESOURCES

Joshua Tree Gateway Communities Tourism Committee

The Joshua Tree Gateway Communities Tourism Committee is under the Desert Region Tourism Agency and was established to promote local events, showcase unique attractions and identify locations that would enhance the experiences of visitors. It is headquartered in the California Welcome Center in Yucca Valley. If you are interested in learn gin more about promoting tourism in the Morongo Basin please contact staff at the California Welcome Center. 

 

Share this link with your guests:

https://californiawelcomecenter.com

 

Support your Chamber of Commerce

 

All vacation rental owners are encouraged to join their local and possibly neighboring Chambers to support local business and community 

Morongo Valley Chamber of Commerce


Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce


Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce

Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce (currently inactive)

 
San Bernardino Fire Regulations

Here is a flyer with the general regulations for the county: https://cms.sbcounty.gov/portals/58/Documents/Programs/OutdoorFireRequirements.pdf

 

NOTE:  ALL open fires (except for fires fueled solely by natural gas or propane) must be extinguished during Red Flag or Fire Weather Watch Conditions, when local winds exceed 10 miles per hour, or when directed by Fire Department personnel.

Check this website regularly for Red Flag or Fire Weather Watch Conditions. Morongo Basin is in Division 5: https://www.sbcfire.org/status/burn.aspx

LOCAL VACATION RENTAL NEWS

Hi-Desert Star articles tagged with Vacation Home Rentals

Z107.7 News list on Vacation Home Rentals

Officials Are Cracking Down On Airbnbs In Joshua Tree

February 12, 2020 :: LAist.com

Joshua Tree Airbnb regulations :: Apple Podcasts :: Stitcher player
February 11, 2020 :: Forward to 35:00 :: Take Two with A Martinez, 89.3 KPCC

In Joshua Tree, the county is cracking down on vacation rentals, sparking a backlash

February 10, 2020 :: LA Times

JUST UNDER 3 MILLION VISITORS TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK IN 2019
January 21, 2020 Z107.7 News

Short-term rentals in San Bernardino County desert need permits by end of March
By Sandra Emerson November 13, 2019

County Expands & Intensifies Short-Term Rental Rules From Mountains To The Desert
SB Sentinel Posted on November 8, 2019 by Venturi

San Bernardino County’s short-term rental rules call for permits, parking and maintenance
By Sandra Emerson November 6, 2019

Short-term rental ordinance will go to Board of Supervisors
By Jené Estrada Hi-Desert Star Sep 6, 2019

San Bernardino County rules on short-term rentals in mountains, desert move forward
By Sandra Emerson
September 5, 2019

San Bernardino County Grapples With Short Term Rental Rules for Mountains and Desert

August 8, 2019 :: SBSun

Short Term Rental Ordinance Draft

Mountain News - December 26, 2018

Is this yurt allowed? Alternative rentals wait on county

By Stacy Moore Hi-Desert Star Nov 28, 2018

How San Bernardino County will benefit when Airbnb starts taxing Lake Arrowhead, Joshua Tree users

By Brian Whitehead |  San Bernardino Sun August 1, 2018

Vacation-home rental owners must pay up for permits

Hi-Desert Star, December 15, 2017

Yucca Valley To Institute Permit Requirement & Fees On Short Term Rentals

San Bernardino County Sentinel, December 2, 2017 

Yucca Valley gets contract company to deal with vacation home rentals

By Stacy Moore, Hi-Desert Star Nov 10, 2017

Yucca Valley will require permits and taxes from vacation rentals

Hi-Desert Star, September 20, 2017

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES SHORT-TERM RENTAL CODE

By Z107.7 News, on September 20th, 2017

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MARATHON MEETING ON VACATION HOME RENTALS

By Z107.7 News, on July 19th, 2017

Quiet hours and age limits: Yucca Valley drafts rules for vacation rentals

By Hi-Desert Star, May 26, 2017
 

How to love thy Airbnb neighbor

By Hi-Desert Star, April 28, 2017

MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS COUNTY PLANS TO REGULATE SHORT TERM RENTALS

By Z107.7 News, on April 11th, 2017

COUNTY DRAFTING ORDINANCE TO REGULATE VACATION HOME RENTALS

By Z107.7 News, on April 4th, 2017

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL DISCUSSES VACATION HOME RENTALS

By Z107.7 News, on March 8th, 2017

Hipcamps pop up in Joshua Tree

By Leah Sanson Hi-Desert Star Jul 20, 2016

(Twentynine Palms) Council says yes to vacation home rentals

Desert Trail, February 11, 2015

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