Short-Term Residential Rental (STR) requirements:
Effective June 2, 2020, the City of Indio has signed a new order regarding short-term rentals, which rescinds the City's previous order that restricted rentals to COVID-impacted parties. Within 14 days of the order (June 16, 2020), each permit holder and property representative (if applicable) must both submit an acknowledgement form with the City to firstname.lastname@example.org stating they have read and will comply with Riverside County’s guidelines for short-term rentals. In addition, authorized short-term rentals must leave a gap of at least 24 hours between rentals of a single property, as is already required by Riverside County guidelines. Effective June 12, 2020, the state of California also provided these guidelines for the safe reopening of short term rentals.
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Owners of Short-Term Residential Rentals, besides a business license, are also required to obtain and renew a Short-Term Rental Permit and register for the purposes of collecting Transient Occupancy Tax. Starting June 15, 2017, the business license and the short-term rental permit will be issued as one combined document, therefore no fees will be charged for registration and/or renewal of the permit. The annual renewal of the short-term rental permit will be done automatically with the business license.
A. Short-Term Residential Rental managed by the home owner.
The permit application is submitted simultaneously with the business license application or when a long-term residential rental is converted to a short-term rental.
B. Short-Term Residential Rental under property management company.
The management company should submit only once "Part-1" of the following application, free of charge, and for each unlicensed property under management - "Part-2" plus the Business License Application above.
The Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), also known as room tax or bed tax, is a tax collected by the business operator from guests, or transients, with the room payment and, subsequently, remitted to the City of Indio. The current tax rate is 13%. The registration is onetime and is free of charge. A management company collecting rents on STR rentals, should register for TOT reporting purposes. Properties under management do not have to register for TOT.
Operators of Short-Term Residential rentals are required on quarterly basis to report and submit to the city transient occupancy tax collected. Reports are due by the end of the month following the quarter end (April 30th for first quarter, July 31st for second, etc). Property management companies should submit monthly one summary report for all properties they manage, along with a detail schedule showing tax collected for each property under management.
Vacation Rental Hotline
The City has established a call line, or “hotline,” if you need to register a complaint about a vacation rental home in your neighborhood. In a non-emergency situation such as a noise complaint, we ask that you call this number instead of calling the police. We invite your calls, but ask that you provide the address of the property in question. Also, if the call is related to a disturbance, it is important that you call during the event so that we may respond in a timely manner.