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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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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- 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.
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