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There was just one topic at the community meeting in the Twentynine Palms Council chambers last night—the current regulations around vacation home rentals. Too much? Not enough? Reporter Heather Clisby was there…

Last night, residents of Twentynine Palms spoke their minds on the issue of vacation home rentals (VHRs). At a community meeting held in the city council chambers, citizens gave their two cents in three-minute increments or by email.

With nearly 30 residents participating online and approximately 10 people in person, City Manager Frank Luckino collected feedback on the VHR regulations created in 2015. Citizens, many of whom were VHR owners, voiced overwhelming support for the current regulations, through several offered suggestions on handling complaints and limited concentrated neighborhoods.

There are 90 VHRs registered in the city, 45 percent of which are owned by a local resident making the inventory about 2 percent.

The permitting process for a VHR in the city requires a building safety inspection, certification of a septic system, insurance of up to $1 million, and a street-facing sign on the property with the owners’ contact info.

The city council will consider all community feedback and official react in their January meeting.

Indian Cove resident Jennifer Ruggerio read from her letter in support of more regulation for VHRs. Heather Clisby photo
Resident Ashton Ramsey offered his opinion about vacation home rentals. Heather Clisby photo
Map of the 90 VHRs in Twentynine Palms. Heather Clisby photo
City Manager Frank Luckino ran the community meeting about vacation home rentals. Heather Clisby photo


A quick search online will confirm what anyone looking for a home to rent already knows—that many property owners have converted their traditional rental properties into short term vacation rentals. And while the move may lead to increased profits, it also requires additional permitting and other responsibilities. Reporter Mike Lipsitz brings us this report on county plans to step up enforcement of some requirements…

While owners of short-term vacation rentals in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms have their own sets of rules to follow, those operating in the unincorporated areas must comply with county requirements. Right off, owners must pay an initial $667 application fee good for two years. A portion of that fee will pay for a notice of the proposed short-term rental to neighboring property owners. The application must then be renewed every two years for a reduced fee of $489.

Up to now, the county has not implemented the fee nor the notifications, but come December, county code enforcement is on track to begin compliance enforcement.

For those operating a short-term rental without a permit, the county imposes a $461 Surrounding Property Owner Notification Fine. https://wp.sbcounty.gov/ezop/permits/special-use-permit-short-term-rental-application/

Note: If you’re buying or selling a property that already has a permit, the new owner can transfer it by contacting the county within 30 days of taking the title. Don’t operate or rent without a permit, even if you’ve already started the application process.


The proliferation of vacation home rentals in the Morongo Basin has caused some concern among locals, so the City of Twentynine Palms is hosting a special public meeting tomorrow to discuss the issue. Reporter Heather Clisby has details…

On Wednesday, November 18, the City of Twentynine Palms will hold a community meeting to discuss limitations on vacation home rentals (VHR). The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 6136 Adobe Road. In-person attendance will require a face covering and social distancing. Registration is not required and each person will have three minutes to speak.

Due to COVID-19, only a certain number of people will be allowed in the council chambers, so arriving early is advised.

Comments to the city council may be submitted in writing via email to info@29palms.org.

Residents may also attend online via webinar.

To register for the online meeting, go to https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4577036419764598288

For more info, call the City at 760-367-6799.


It’s the return of the MAC. The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council reconvened over Zoom after an eight-month hiatus due to COVID-19. Reporter Heather Clisby was virtually there…

Since March, the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) has not met, but finally reconnected via Zoom last night.

Captain Luke Niles of the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department spoke at some length about the ongoing problem of illegal marijuana growing operations and their drain on the community. Local law enforcement has met with Supervisor Dawn Rowe regarding the massive proliferation of these operations in and around the Morongo Basin.

Capt. Niles described the creation of a task force assigned to the narcotics division focused entirely on tackling the problem. There are 200+ illegal growing operations within the Morongo Basin and the task force has shut down over 55 operations at this time. These illegal growing operations have become a scourge on society as many steal electricity and water while running generators throughout the night. Sheriffs are working with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Bureau of Land Management to address the issues.

Meanwhile, in Pioneertown, demand for development grows. Currently, there is a proposal for a major addition to the Pioneertown Motel as they are looking to add 47 new units to the current 20 units, and to add a restaurant, spa, and an event space nearby.

There was much discussion around short-term rentals, the potential hazards of unwanted noise, fire and lighting issues and the drain on the housing resources.


The Town of Yucca Valley’s Planning Commission received a status report last week on short-term vacation rentals. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more details…

Since Yucca Valley’s short-term vacation rental regulations took effect December 1, 2017, the town has received 225 total applications. Of those, 189 have been approved, nine have been denied and 29 are pending. In the last three years, the town has received 60 complaints about vacation rentals. Of those, 41 are closed cases, primarily to do with non-registered rentals; 17 are open cases for non-registration; and two are open cases regarding operational requirements. If you have a concern about the operations of a short-term vacation rental near you, call the compliance hotline at 435-787-4357.

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