Vacation Rental Certificates of Compliance for 2019 are due Dec. 31

  • Fri Nov 8th, 2019 12:30pm
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Submitted by San Juan County

Every holder of a vacation rental permit in San Juan County is required to annually submit a Vacation Rental Certificate of Compliance. Vacation rental certificates of compliance for 2019 are due on Dec. 31. You can now submit those online through the new San Juan County Online Permit Center.

In order to submit online, you will need to sign up for a portal account in the new system. If you already have created an account in the new system, you will be able to go to your account and submit your certificate.

There is no fee for a Vacation Rental Certificate of Compliance in 2019. For more information, call the Department of Community Development at 360-378-2354, or send an email to

Online permit center

To access the online permit center, visit You can search for permits without an account, but you will need to sign up for an account to submit.

Sign up for a portal account

You can sign up for a portal account at the aforementioned website. After you create your portal account, you will receive a verification email, and then you will need to log-out and log-in to have all of the apply online features available. If you already created an account when you applied for your burn permit in October, you do not need to create another account.

Are you an agent submitting on behalf of clients?

If you are an agent submitting the certificate on behalf of your clients, you must submit using your portal account, not your client’s account. When you submit, you will need to make sure that you have indicated the correct parcel number or address for the vacation rental certificate of compliance. You can submit multiples certificates from your account. Your clients will be able to search and see that their certificate has been submitted without being logged in or have an account.

Access code not required

When you sign up for an account the first time, you will be asked for an access code. You do not need an access code to sign up for an account or submit your vacation rental certificate of compliance, just click the option to skip this step. If you have already signed up for an account, you do not need to sign up for another one.

Submit and apply

In order to submit your Vacation Certificate of Compliance, you will need to be logged into your account, and then you will need to click on the “Applications” button, and then the “Apply” button. This will take you to a page with two drop-down menu options. In the “Category” you will need to select “Land Use” and in the “Type” you will select “Vacation Rental Certificate of Compliance.” You will need to have the following information available in order to complete the submittal: Vacation rental permit number; island; parcel number or address of the vacation rental; UBI number; name and address of the local property representative; and the 24 emergency/complaint number. You will also need a digital or scan copy of your most recent Rules of Conduct. You will be able to upload these after you have submitted your certificate. You do not need to submit a copy of your Rules of Conduct if your vacation rental is inactive in 2019 and 2020.

Submit a paper copy

The county also accepts paper copies of your Vacation Rental Certificate of Compliance. If you submit on paper, you will not receive a confirmation, however. Paper copies should be mailed to San Juan County Department of Community Development, PO Box 947, Friday Harbor, WA. 98250. You will need to include a copy of your most recent Rules of Conduct unless your vacation rental is inactive in both 2019 and 2020.