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Short-Term Rentals (STRs)
On Tuesday, June 23, 2020 the City Council adopted an ordinance to regulate short-term rentals in the City of Long Beach. The adopted ordinance will go into effect in mid-October 2020. In accordance with the adopted ordinance, the City will begin accepting registrations for the operation of hosted STRs at that time. Un-hosted STRs are not allowed under the adopted ordinance, however, the City Council has tentative plans to discuss regulations for operating un-hosted STRs later this year.
City staff is in the process of creating the forms and registration process. Please keep this page bookmarked to easily reference for more updates.
Some key provisions of the adopted ordinance:
- Any unit used as a short-term rental must have a “host” who is present throughout the guest’s stay (except during daytime and/or work hours). The “host” must be either the owner or tenant of the unit and it must be their primary residence. Primary residence means the place they reside for a minimum of 275 days during the calendar year.
- Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are not allowed for short-term rental use.
- If an individual applying for a STR registration is not the property owner, they will need to submit a signed and notarized property owner consent form at the time of registration.
- Registrations are valid for one (1) year from the date of issuance.
- The maximum number of persons, including the host or hosts, who may occupy the STR at a time shall be limited to two (2) persons per bedroom, plus two (2). In no event may the maximum occupancy exceed ten (10) persons in any STR unless an occasional event permit has been issued.
- STRs in the Coastal Zone are prohibited until the California Coastal Commission approves the City’s Resolution to amend the Municipal Code.
Short-Term Rental Documents
Pursuant to the STR Ordinance, the City is maintaining a “Prohibited Buildings List” that allows for residential apartment building property owners and homeowners’ associations in Long Beach to prohibit anyone from obtaining a short-term rental registration on their property.
If you are a landlord, please complete and notarize the self-certification form below and submit to STR@longbeach.gov.
- Landlord Self-Certification Form
If you are an authorized representative for a homeowners association (HOA), please complete the self-certification form below and submit to STR@longbeach.gov.
- HOA Self-Certification Form
Please allow staff up to five (5) business days for staff to respond to submittals.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The following FAQs and responses provide a basic understanding of the adopted ordinance and other questions surrounding short-term rentals.
Download the FAQs
- 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.
- 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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