Rancho Mirage, CA

This page is only designed to give you an overview of the local requirements, but it is your duty to know and comply with the local laws. Misterb&b is not a legal adviser : you should read carefully the relevant laws and contact a local adviser or the local authorities for further understanding.

On July 31, 2014, the City Council of Rancho Mirage has adopted the Vacation Rental Ordinance n° 1084 (amending Chapter 3.25 of the Rancho Mirage Municipal Code) in order to regulate short-term rentals.



Section 3.25.030 of the Rancho Mirage Municipal Code defines a Vacation Rental Unit as “a privately owned residential dwelling, such as, but not limited to, a single-family detached or multiple-family attached unit, apartment house, condominium, cooperative apartment, duplex, or any portion of such dwellings, rented for occupancy for dwelling, lodging, or sleeping purposes for a period of twenty-seven consecutive calendar days or less, counting portions of calendar days as full days”.

So short-term rentals in Rancho Mirage can not exceed 27 days in a row.


Rancho Mirage Business Licence

Vacation rentals are regarded as business, so the owners must obtain a Business Licence and pay the business tax. You can find the application here. For more information on Business Licence in Rancho Mirage, see this page on the website of the City of Rancho Mirage.


Vacation Rental Certificate

Vacation Rental Certificate must be secured by all owners of Vacation Rental. You can find the application for the certificate here. Mind that it can require first to obtain home occupation permit : you can find the application here. Section 3.25.070 M. requires Hosts to post the Vacation Rental number on every advertising, including on your misterb&b listing. To do so, when connected on your misterb&b account, go to “edit my listing” > “address”.  

For more information, see this page about Vacation Rental on the website of the City of Rancho Mirage.


Requirements and standards conditions

Section 3.25.070 of the Rancho Mirage Municipal Code lists numerous requirements and standards to be met by the vacation rental unit and its owner. We highly encourage our Hosts to refer to this regulation. For instance, section 3.25.070 B. limits the number of overnight occupants according to the number of bedrooms : studio with no bedroom can welcome 2 occupants, and vacation rental unit with bedroom can welcome as much overnight occupants twice the number of bedrooms. section 3.25.070 L. must post a copy of the vacation rental unit and of the Good Neighbor Brochure in the vacation rental.

The owner or the local contact person designated by the former must be available 24/7 to respond within 45 minutes to any complaints (from Guests or regarding the conduct of occupants of the Vacation Rental).

Hosts must obtain the name, address and a copy of a valid government ID of one of the Guests (responsible person) and provided Guests with a copy of the Good Neighbors Brochure.

More generally, the vacation rental must respect every city regulations (see the Rancho Mirage Municipal Code), with a special emphasis with avoiding noise disturbance (Sections 3.25.070 E and F and Chapter 8.45 of the Municipal Code).

For more information, see this informative brochure and this page about Vacation Rental on the website of the City of Rancho Mirage. You can contact the different Departments of the Rancho Mirage administration in order to check compliance of your rental unit with regulations.


Transient Occupancy Tax

The City of Rancho Mirage levies a tax on overnight stays of 10% of the paid rent (see Rancho Mirage Municipal Code Chapter 3.24). The tax is paid by Guests but collected by Hosts, and remitted to the Tax Service. Monthly reports on all registered properties will be required whether or not a property is rented in a given month. You can find all the necessary remittance forms here (under Other Information).
For more information about vacation rentals in Rancho Mirage, see this dedicated page on the official website of the City of Rancho Mirage.