Development Services

Short-Term Rental Ordinance

UPDATE: The City Council will consider adoption of an ordinance establishing regulations for short-term rentals (STRs) on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. During adoption of the City's Fiscal Year 2020 budget on September 3, 2019, the City Council asked for a delay in the start of the STR program and reallocated a portion of the funding of STR positions to temporarily fund other City programs. The Development Services Department staff has developed a phased implementation plan to operate the STR program within the approved budget. As part of the phased implementation plan, upon adoption of an ordinance the City may begin accepting applications to host STRs in approximately 6 months.

There are changes to State law affecting Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). Effective January 1, 2020, State law (AB 68/AB 881) became effective and includes new regulations for ADUs, along with a provision to prohibit the rental of ADUs for less than 30 days. Although it was the City's intent to allow for short-term rentals in ADUs, the proposed STR ordinance will reflect this change in State law regarding the rental of ADUs.  
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Long Beach is in the process of developing a proposed STR ordinance. When an ordinance is adopted by the City Council, it will establish a framework for regulating STRs, or vacation rentals, within the City. An STR is a property that is typically furnished and rented for a short-term stay. STRs can provide several economic benefits, including increased tourism activity and business revenues. STRs can also present challenges to the housing stock and have adverse safety and noise impacts.

The process to establish regulations for STRs in the City consisted of extensive outreach and engagement activities that provided several opportunities for the community to provide input throughout the duration of the effort. Additionally, an online survey was circulated to gain substantive feedback and direction for crafting various STR ordinance options. The survey was made available in English, Spanish, Tagalog, and Khmer.

For additional information, contact Kjell Stava, Real Estate Project Coordinator, Long Beach Development Services, at 562-570-6315 or

October 10, 2018 Community Workshop

On October 10, 2018 the City held a community workshop to present proposed options for a STR ordinance for public review.

July 21, 2018 Community Workshop

The community workshop featured a presentation of the City's findings from input provided by the public at the first community kick-off workshop, stakeholder interviews, results from the City's STR online survey, and extensive case study research. The event also included interactive stations located throughout the event space to offer opportunities for attendees to provide feedback on community priorities and concerns identified through the City's outreach efforts. View workshop materials below.

May 2, 2018, Community Kick-Off Workshop

The community was invited to provide initial options, ask important questions, and voice any concerns on an STR ordinance. View workshop materials below.