Welcome to the JTVRA
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:
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.
Airbnb Ambassador Referral Link - support the JTVRA
If you haven’t created a listing yet please use this referral link for Airbnb that will give you $60 when you start hosting and welcome your first guest. You will be connected with a local Airbnb Ambassador that will help guide you through the listing process and share their knowledge of local hosting practices. The JTVRA also gets a bonus which will go to running the JTVRA group and STR advocacy. A portion will be donated to a local non-profit like the Mojave Desert Land Trust. Great all around. Thanks!
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Latest STR Updates
Unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County
City of Twentynine Palms
Town of Yucca Valley
Recreational (Rec) / 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 - 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
Alternative Accommodations - trailers, yurts, etc.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org requesting to get notified of and involved with establishing reasonable regulations for these types of accommodations.
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:
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
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
February 12, 2020 :: LAist.com
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
August 8, 2019 :: SBSun
Mountain News - December 26, 2018
By Stacy Moore Hi-Desert Star Nov 28, 2018
By Brian Whitehead | San Bernardino Sun August 1, 2018
Hi-Desert Star, December 15, 2017
San Bernardino County Sentinel, December 2, 2017
By Stacy Moore, Hi-Desert Star Nov 10, 2017
Hi-Desert Star, September 20, 2017
By Z107.7 News, on September 20th, 2017
By Z107.7 News, on July 19th, 2017
By Hi-Desert Star, May 26, 2017
By Hi-Desert Star, April 28, 2017
By Z107.7 News, on April 11th, 2017
By Z107.7 News, on April 4th, 2017
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