Short-Term Rental Registration
Under the short-term rental ordinance, rental properties are categorized as follows:
- A short-term rental property registration or rental license is not required for an owner who lives at the property, rents a room and stays at the property during the rental period.
- A short-term rental property registration is required for an owner who lives at the property, rents out an entire unit and leaves the property during the rental period.
- A rental license is required for the owner of a non-occupied rental property who rents out an entire unit. Only Tier 1 or Tier 2 rental licenses are eligible for this designation.
The ordinance applies to dwelling units rented for a period of fewer than 30 consecutive days per leasing period. The short-term rental registration fee is $50. You do not need to reapply if you have a valid rental license and are a Tier 1 or Tier 2 property. For more information about rental licensing fees, visit the Rental Licensing Fees webpage.
Short-term rental hosting platforms, which collect a fee for booking services and often provide an online platform for property owners to advertise a dwelling unit, are required to submit an annual business license application. The annual license fee for a platform with fewer than 150 active dwelling unit listings is $630, and for a platform with 150 or more active listings is $5,000. Short-term rental hosting platforms can submit license applications to Business Licensing.
The applications for a short-term rental registration and rental license are available online, and can be submitted in person, by mail, or by fax.
- Any person operating a short-term rental property which includes a swimming pool that does not possess a current and valid pool license shall, during the course of any such rental period, post a sign indicating that the pool is not licensed and inspected.
- A Who to Call Poster (pdf) must be posted in the property with the registration certificate in a conspicuous location.
- Filing a 311 Complaint
- Sex Trafficking Awareness
- Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) can be used as short-term rentals if properly permitted and licensed. The Community Planning and Economic Development Department handles administrative review and approval of ADUs. A full rental license is required for all ADUs.
Last updated Jan 18, 2019