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(a) Land Use Zoning District Requirements. Bed and breakfast uses shall be subject to the development standards for the land use zoning district in which they are located as identified in Division 2 (Land Use Zoning Districts and Allowed Land Uses) and the development standards in this Chapter.
(b) Single-Family Dwelling Structure Only. Only a single-family dwelling structure, including related habitable accessory structures (e.g., guest house, accessory dwelling unit, etc.) shall be considered for bed and breakfast uses.
(c) Accessory to Residential Use. The bed and breakfast use shall be conducted as an accessory residential use only.
(d) Owner Residency Requirement. The residential structure shall serve as the primary residence of the owner of the bed and breakfast use. If a corporation is the owner, a majority shareholder of the corporation shall reside in the residential structure where the bed and breakfast use is operated.
(e) Code and State Law Requirements.
(1) Dwelling units proposed for bed and breakfast use shall comply with standards and specifications of the California Building Code.
(2) Each guest room shall be equipped with a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector that conform to the California Building Code Standards (CBC No. 43-6).
(3) An exit/egress map and an emergency evacuation map shall be displayed in a prominent location in each guest room in compliance with State law.
(f) Access and Driveways. The owner of the bed and breakfast use shall ensure that required access, driveways, and parking spaces remain clear and unobstructed and are available and ready for the occupants’ use at all times.
(g) Parking. In addition to the required parking standards for residential uses in Chapter 83.11 (Parking and Loading Standards), one parking stall measuring 19 feet in length and nine feet in width shall be provided on-site for each guest room. These additional parking spaces shall comply with the location and design standards established by the applicable land use zoning district and the provisions of Chapter 83.11 (Parking and Loading Standards). Neither on-street parking nor tandem parking shall be used to satisfy this on-site parking requirement. Additional parking spaces may be required when deemed necessary by the review authority.
(h) Design Standards.
(1) Minimum Number of Rooms and Parcel Size Requirements. Table 84-6 (Standards for Bed and Breakfast Uses) identifies the required number of guest rooms, minimum number of bathrooms, and minimum parcel sizes applicable to each of the three types of bed and breakfast uses.
Standards for Bed and Breakfast Uses
Type of Use
Number of Guest Rooms
Minimum Number of Bathrooms
Minimum Parcel Size(1) (Net Area)
5,000 sq. ft.
7,200 sq. ft.
Bed and Breakfast Home
8,200 sq. ft.
9,200 sq. ft.
10,200 sq. ft.
Bed and Breakfast Inn/Lodge
6 - 10
20,000 sq. ft.
Access for physically disabled required.
+ 1,000 sq. ft per every bedroom over 6
(1) A bed and breakfast use shall not be allowed in a dwelling that is located on a site that has less than the required parcel area specified by the underlying land use zoning district.
(2) Alterations and Modifications. Alterations and modifications may be made to the structures and the site but the alterations shall be compatible with the character of the neighborhood. The alterations and modifications shall also comply with applicable provisions, requirements, and standards of the County Code.
(3) Landscaping. Additional landscaping may be required to screen parked vehicles from direct view of the neighbors, particularly where the parking is located within the front yard setback.
(4) Exterior Lighting. Lights to illuminate the site shall be designed and oriented to reflect away from adjoining properties and public thoroughfares.
(5) Signs. A non-illuminated identification sign, not to exceed six square feet in area, shall be allowed. If not attached to the residence, the sign shall not exceed six feet in height and shall blend with the architectural style of the structure and the neighborhood.
(6) Minimum Separation Requirements. A Bed and Breakfast facility shall not, at the time the Special Use Permit is issued, be located within 300 feet, as measured in a straight line from the property line of the parcel on which the facility is proposed, to the closest property line of any other dwelling unit permitted as a Bed and Breakfast facility. However, no more than two Bed and Breakfast facilities shall be located on the same block.
(i) Kitchen Facilities and Service of Meals.
(1) No cooking facilities shall be allowed in guest rooms.
(2) The sale of food or other materials shall be limited to guests who are currently residing on the premises where the use is located and not to the general public.
(j) Records of Patrons. Records of all guests who patronize the bed and breakfast establishment shall be preserved for a minimum period of three years before they are discarded.
(k) Pedestrian and Vehicular Traffic. Pedestrian and vehicular traffic shall be limited to that normally associated with residential land use zoning districts.
(l) Commercial Vehicles. The use shall not involve the use of commercial vehicles for the delivery of materials to or from the premises beyond those commercial vehicles normally associated with residential uses.
(m) Outdoor Storage. There shall be no outdoor storage of materials or equipment, nor shall merchandise be visible, from outside the home.
(n) Residential Character of Structure. The appearance of the structure shall not be altered nor the occupation within the residence be conducted in a manner that would cause the premises to differ from its residential character either by the use of colors, materials, construction, lighting, signs, or the emission of sounds, noises, and vibrations.
(o) Utilities and Community Facilities. The uses of utilities and community facilities shall be limited to that normally associated with the use of the property for residential purposes.
(Ord. 4011, passed - -2007; Am. Ord. 4230, passed - - 2014; Am. Ord. 4341, passed - -2018)