Development Services

Short-Term Rental Ordinance

UPDATE: On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, the City Council discussed a proposed ordinance establishing regulations for short-term rentals (STRs) and directed staff to make certain changes and return with an updated draft for consideration. Upon adoption of an ordinance the City may begin accepting applications to host STRs in approximately 6 months.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, this item is being postponed for City Council discussion on a future date to be determined.   
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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 kjell.stava@longbeach.gov



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Related to Short-Term Rentals (STRs) in Long Beach

On January 21, 2020, the City Council discussed the topic of short-term rentals in Long Beach and directed staff to make certain changes to the proposed ordinance which will allow a limited number of short-term rentals to operate in the City. The following FAQs and responses provide a basic understanding of the revised ordinance which will be considered by the City Council in the coming months.

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City staff anticipate being ready to accept registrations to host STRs approximately 6 months after the ordinance is adopted by City Council.
The number of registrations issued for non-primary residence STRs (also called vacation homes) will not exceed 1,000 citywide. There will be no limit on the number of registrations issued for primary residence STRs.
The threshold to prohibit un-hosted STRs (when the host/operator is not staying in the unit) in a census block group is 50% plus 1. Hosted STRs in primary residences cannot be prohibited. The initial opt-out period will begin 180 days after the California Coastal Commission approves the ordinance. On an annual basis thereafter, the City may allow additional requests to opt-out for those that didn’t participate in the initial opt-out period.
Yes, new state laws which took effect January 1, 2020 (AB 68/AB 881) now prohibit short-term rentals in ADUs. Accordingly, the City’s ordinance will also prohibit short-term rentals in ADUs.
A duplex is considered a primary residence STR since the host resides in one of the two units on the property, so while the host resides in one unit, there is no limit on the number of days the second unit can be rented as a STR.
Any non-primary residence STR registrations previously issued in a census block group which optsout would not be renewed at the annual renewal.
The City is not creating a waiting list at this time. Details of the registration process will be developed later this year.
Any property owner (or a home-owners association) can request to place their property on the prohibited buildings list. The City will NOT issue any STR registrations for those units and if a host is operating without a vaild City-issued registration, the host will receive a violation. The first violation for operating without a valid registration will be a warning and if they continue to operate the unit as a STR the host will be fined $1,000 per day.
Once the ordinance becomes effective there will be a 24/7, toll-free number to report complaints related to STRs. Until then, for an active nuisance or if the guests are parking illegally you may call the non-emergency police dispatch at (562) 435-6711. In an emergency always call 911.
  • Short-Term Rental – A home, or portion of a home, rented by paying guests for short stays (30 days or less).
  • Primary Residence – The housing unit where the STR host lives in at least 275 days (9 months) per year.
  • Non-Primary Residence – An STR unit that is not the primary residence of the STR host. Hosted Stay – The STR host is present on-site during the short-term rental activity.
  • Un-hosted Stay – The STR host is not present on the property where the short-term rental activity is occurring.

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.