Vacation Rental Program

City staff has done a comprehensive review of the City's Vacation Rental Program/ordinance, and have drafted a proposed new ordinance to replace the existing ordinance and improve the City's vacation rental program. The new draft ordinance is designed to improve the program and achieve/maintain an acceptable balance between residential quality of life and vacation rental impacts in our community.

Documents to review:

For questions or comments regarding the proposed ordinances, please contact Larry Vaupel at (909) 866-5831 ext. 134 or

House Party Notice

The City requests assistance from vacation rental owners and agents in avoiding house parties this winter season. The noise, parties, parking, and occupancy standards will be strictly enforced this winter, and guests hosting house parties in vacation rentals will be cited and evicted. More information regarding the City's position on vacation rental house parties can be found HERE.


City of Big Bear Lake residents are encouraged to help us identify potential park and recreational features, consistent with the Statewide Parks Grant Program. Learn more about the grant program’s criteria, eligible potential park sites, and examples of eligible recreational features. We welcome residents of all ages, abilities, and income levels to help provide input for a future grant application(s).

Community Workshops have taken place on Monday, November 9, 2020, and Saturday, November 14. If you missed a workshop, don't worry - there are other ways you can participate! The Planning Commission and City Council workshops can be viewed live during or after the meeting. Please visit the City’s website for a video link to the Planning Commission and City Council meetings:

Another way to participate is to complete and email the Design Your Dream Park handout to . If you have questions or would like to provide comments, please contact the Planning Department at (909) 866-5831 or . Your participation is appreciated!

View the Workshop Powerpoint presented at the Planning Commission meeting on October 21, 2020, for more information regarding this grant opportunity. We can't wait to hear from you!

On November 3, 2020, the City of Big Bear Lake will conduct its General Municipal Election for District 1 & District 5. Several County, State, and Federal election contests will also be on the ballot.
In Big Bear Lake specifically, voters may cast their ballot in one of three ways:


All registered voters in San Bernardino County will be mailed a ballot in accordance with the Governor's Executive Order. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day (November 3) and received no later than November 20, 2020. Seal it, sign it, and track it. Click here for more details!

Drop-Off Your Ballot

Drop off your ballot at the Big Bear Lake Civic Center located at 39707 Big Bear Boulevard, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315.

Vote In-Person

Cast your ballot in-person at the Big Bear Lake Civic Center. The Civic Center will be open for in-person voting October 31- November 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Election Day (November 3) from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


To register to vote, check voter status, learn about how to track your ballot, please click on the icons below. For specific questions regarding the upcoming municipal election, please contact City Clerk Erica Stephenson at or call (909) 866-5831.


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The City Council of the City of Big Bear Lake is seeking qualified citizens who are interested in serving on the DWP’s Board of Commissioners.

The DWP Board has one (1) immediate vacancy with the term ending on June 30, 2021. The DWP Board meets at 9 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the DWP Offices located on Garstin Drive. Responsibilities include decisions related to water conservation, supply, generation, distribution, and sale of water and related services.  

Requirements: All applicants must be registered voters and reside in an area served by the DWP. 

The City Council will interview prospective candidates.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, October 16, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. You can submit your application in person at 39707 Big Bear Boulevard, Big Bear Lake, CA or you can submit it via email to



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