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City Council Beefs Up Code Enforcement

Post Date:11/30/2018 3:20 PM

At its meeting on Tuesday, November 27, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution to allocate $137,280 to bolster enforcement of the Sausalito Municipal Code. The City currently employs a code enforcement officer on a contract basis for one day per week. With the additional funds, the schedule of the code enforcement officer will be increased to three days per week.

The increase in code enforcement will be funded by the 2% increase in the hotel tax that was approved by Sausalito voters as Measure L in the 2018 general municipal election. The City anticipates receiving an additional $150,000 during the first six months of calendar year 2019.

Enforcement of the municipal code helps protect the health, safety, and quality of life of residents. The City's code enforcement procedures use a combination of judicial and administrative remedies to gain compliance with local regulations.

The expanded schedule for the code enforcement officer will begin in early December. At the onset, code enforcement will focus on the backlog of code complaints that have been reported to the City.

At the meeting on November 27, the Council also approved $14,549 for a one-year contract with Host Compliance, a company that offers short-term rental monitoring and compliance services. The services provided by Host Compliance will include address identification of short-term rental units, monitoring of compliance with local regulations, rental activity monitoring, and a 24-hour hotline for complaints about short-term rentals.

The City of Sausalito defines a short-term rental as the rental of a dwelling unit, accessory unit, or the room or rooms of a dwelling unit for a period of less than 30 days. Such rentals are currently illegal in Sausalito. The City Council has discussed, but has not yet taken action to implement, a pilot program to allow short-term rentals under limited circumstances. If a pilot program goes forward, the City's code enforcement officer will enforce the new regulations under the pilot program. If a pilot program does not go forward, the code enforcement officer will enforce the existing ban on short-term rentals.

Any questions, comments, or requests to receive email notice of upcoming meetings related to code enforcement or short-term rentals may be directed to Community Development Director Lilly Whalen at lwhalen@sausalito.gov or (415) 289-4133.

LEARN MORE ABOUT CODE ENFORCEMENT
WATCH THE CODE ENFORCEMENT ITEM FROM THE NOVEMBER 27 COUNCIL MEETING
LEARN MORE ABOUT SHORT-TERM RENTALS IN SAUSALITO
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