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Short-Term Rental Ordinance (STR)
|UPDATE: On Tuesday, January 21, and Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the City Council discussed a proposed ordinance establishing regulations for short-term rentals (STRs). On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, (date subject to change) the City Council will vote on adopting the ordinance with some changes requested at the prior discussions. (For the latest City Council discussion regarding short-term rentals, please cut and paste the following into your browser: https://longbeach.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=84&clip_id=11373 and click on item 16.) Upon adoption of an ordinance the City may begin accepting registrations for the operation of hosted STRs in approximately 4 months. The City Council plans to continue discussing regulations for un-hosted STRs approximately 6 months following the date the ordinance is adopted. Below you may find a link showing the proposed timelines of these actions.
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 Scott Baldwin, Administrative Analyst, Long Beach Development Services, at 562-570-6820 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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