Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote and preserve the residential character of our R1 and R2 neighborhoods to guaranty the legitimate quality of life now threatened by Short Term Rentals. We firmly oppose the existence of such commercial entities in residential areas, which alters the lawful use of our neighborhoods, interferes with the peaceful enjoyment of our homes, menaces the security we need for ourselves as well as for our families, and jeopardizes the equity we rightfully expect from the ownership of an R1 or R2 property

By a 3-2 vote, Council approved the ordinance restricting STRs in residential areas on December 14th.
Your attendance at the December 14th meeting, and all the previous ones, showed Council the strength and extent of community support for this decision. Your participation and your letters helped encourage them to restrict STRs in Palm Desert neighborhoods.
What was finalized on December 14th:
Short-term Rentals will no longer be allowed in R-1 and R-2 neighborhoods, with the exception of owner-occupied STRs where the owner is present during the rental. No new permits will be issued in R-1 and R-2. Existing STRs in these residential zones will be phased out by December 31, 2019. The new ordinance went into effect on January 13, 2018.

(Please see our news page for more detailed information.)
THIS IS A TOUGH CALL. While we all are very happy with the City Council vote to pass an excellent STR ordinance, this battle may be far from over. However, in the hope of facilitating some much-needed community healing, we are cautiously suggesting that you take your “Neighborhoods are for Neighbors” yard signs down, BUT KEEP THEM HANDY. It is too early to assume anything about our opposition or the actual implementation of this ordinance.