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SCSQUARED halfBy Eric Heinz 

San Clemente City Council voted to approve permit fees for short-term living units as well as penalties for excessive “nuisance” calls.

To obtain a permit, an applicant must pay $105 annually. If a location has more than one nuisance call within 365 consecutive days, the owner of the STLU must pay $115 if a police officer responds and $50 if a code enforcement employee responds.

When the city passed a transient occupancy tax ordinance requiring STLUs to register with the city, council needed to be able to enforce the law by keeping track of each STLU that registers in the city. Two applications will need to be filed: one for taxes and one for zoning compliance after the Planning Commission sends its recommendation to City Council, which is expected to take place soon.

After press time, the Planning Commission was scheduled to further its discussion on zoning amendments for STLUs at its Wednesday night meeting. The San Clemente Times will have an update on that online and in next week’s print edition.

The city’s method for determining fee amounts is outlined in the City Council agenda packet online at under Government, City Council, Meetings and Agendas under the March 15 packet.

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  • well gee i think ill change my four plex into a STLU and i won’t have to change it into a hotel

    .Heavy on the HO part tho being so close to a massage parlor

    ITS a good thing i was going broke ,, because its illegal to store or carry my tools in or on my pickup truck in san clemente because after all we don’t wish to offend the STLU or drug rehab tenants or snobby Councils aesthetic sensitivities

    once again we destroy what brought us to live here for the pleasure of the few over the rights of us all

  • It’s terrible what’s happening here. The fee is ridiculously low. It is almost as if city council has ownership in these vacation rentals. They are turning San Clemente into the west coast jersey shore and driving out residents.

  • san clemente my home …..where I grew up….graduated high school… it has become a city which has chosen to sell it’s soul to the highest bidder….san clemente has “sold-out”, you have let the Scum win…..too polite to exclaim, “get out !!!”… much litter in the street, now …….so many hundreds of cigarettes in the gutters…so many group home vans… many gross drunk Hobos “Homeless”….I call it a “consequence-free county”….a lawless-land that once not too long ago…about 2 years ago… the walking dead engulfed our town and with them a string of group homes, mobil homes, halfway homes……it’s become a haven for the scum of the earth,,,,,great…..we are too soft on crime….lame..

  • Full disclosure — I am not a fan of the elitist VRBO owners that are trying to exploit our city for their own personal gain and are presently trying to pursue districting because they are mad that the city is trying to address residents issues with VRBO related problems. Districting is a colossal waste of time and has proven to be a disaster for us locally as evidenced by the we lost representation and accountability with CrapoUSD.

    With that said this is certainly a start and a step in the right direction and appreciate the efforts to by the city to address this.

    It seems the penalty fees for police and code enforcement calls are too low. Not sure the costs outlined are enough to get VRBOs to be more responsible and respectful of their neighbors.

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