Development Services

Short-Term Rentals (STRs)


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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.
For additional information, contact Scott Baldwin, Administrative Analyst, Long Beach Development Services, at 562-570-6820 or scott.baldwin@longbeach.gov.

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)

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

The following FAQs and responses provide a basic understanding of the adopted ordinance and other questions surrounding short-term rentals.

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City staff will begin accepting registrations to operate STRs around mid-October 2020.
Under the current ordinance, there is no limit on the number of registrations issued, however, only hosted STRs are allowed when the ordinance goes into effect.
The opt-out process written into previously drafted versions of the ordinance has been removed as un-hosted STRs are not allowed.
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.
The City’s Health Order related to short-term rentals can be found here under Appendix Q of the Health Orders And Protocol.
Non-primary residence STRs are not allowed under the adopted ordinance.
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 valid City-issued registration, the host will receive a violation. The first violation for operating without a valid registration will be a warning. If the host continues to operate the unit as a STR, that person will be fined $1,000 per day. Additionally, the City will require a property owner consent form for anyone applying for a registration who is not the property owner.
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.
  • 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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