Development Services

Short-Term Rentals (STRs)

 


The City’s regulations of short-term rentals are designed to:

  1. Maintain the long-term rental housing stock in the City
  2. Provide residents an opportunity to generate income
  3. Provide visitors to the City another way to experience the local community
  4. Ensure that such short-term rental activities do not become a nuisance, or threaten the public health, safety or welfare of neighboring properties
  5. Safeguard the residents of Long Beach by ensuring that short-term rental activities do not threaten the character of residential neighborhoods
  6. Ensure the collection and payment of Transient Occupancy Taxes (“TOT”)

On December 8, 2020 the Long Beach City Council adopted an Ordinance that expanded the short-term rental (STR) program which was originally approved on June 23, 2020.


STEPS TO OPERATE A STR IN LONG BEACH

Note: If you anticipate registering a dwelling unit on a property located in the Coastal Zone, please see "Coastal Commission Action" further down the page before proceeding.

To see if your property is in the Coastal Zone, please enter your address in our Coastal Zone Property Lookup.

  1. Determine STR Rental Activity need & Registration type
  2. Review Eligibility
  3. Review Operating Requirements
  4. Gather required documentation
  5. Apply for STR registration
  6. Post STR registration number on all listings/advertisements

Steps to Operate A STR In Long Beach

There are two (2) types of rental activity: Hosted or Un-Hosted.

  • Hosted: Hosted rental activity is defined as a rental whereby the host remains on-site and resides in a habitable dwelling unit or portion thereof throughout the guest’s stay.  The host must either be an owner of the property or an authorized long-term tenant of the property.   
  • Un-hosted: Un-hosted rental activity is defined as a rental where the registration holder is not required to have a host present or remain on-site during their guest’s stay.

There are two (2) types of Short-Term Rental Registrations that can be applied for: Primary Residence or Non-Primary Residence.  An individual may simultaneously hold up to one (1) registration for each type.  

  • Primary Residence STR Registration: To apply for this type of registration, the unit offered for STR use must reside on the same parcel of land as the applicant’s primary residence. “Primary Residence” is defined as a person’s permanent residence or usual place of return for a minimum of two hundred seventy-five (275) days during the calendar year.  The following types of rental activity are allowed for a Primary Residence STR:
      1. Un-hosted – Max of 90 days per registration period
      2. Hosted – Unlimited number of days per registration period
  • Non-Primary Residence STR: A Non-Primary Residence STR registration can be applied for by anyone who owns residential property in Long Beach that is not their “Primary Residence”. The following types of rental activity are allowed for a Non-Primary Residence STR:
      1. Un-hosted – Unlimited number of days per registration period
      2. Hosted – Unlimited number of days per registration period
  • Qualified Dwelling Unit: A qualified dwelling unit is a structure that has been legally permitted by the City as a habitable space.  Accessory dwelling units (ADU) are not considered qualified dwelling units and may not be operated as STRs. The table below list common examples of some common permitted structures and their eligibility for STR use. If you are unsure about what your STR is permitted as we strongly encourage you to research our City building records. If you are still unsure, please call us before you apply. Your application fee will not be refunded or reimbursed if we discover that you are renting an unqualified structure.

    Qualified for STR use

    Not Qualified for STR use

    Single Family Dwelling*

    Rumpus Room

    Individual units on a multi-family property*

    Garage

    Maid Quarters*

    Storage Room

    Guest House*

    Pool houses

    Apartment*

    Casitas

     

    ADUs or JADUs

       *or portion thereof
  • Number of Units Allowed: The number of qualified dwelling units on a property or development determines the number of units that can be offered as a short-term rental.  ADUs shall not be counted when determining the number of qualified dwelling units on a parcel.  See table below.

Number of qualified dwelling units on property or development

Number of units allowed for short-term rental use

2 to 10

1

11 to 50

10%

51 to 100

12%

101 or more

15%



  • Property Owner Consent: If the host/STR operator is a renter or lessee, a signed and notarized Property Owner Authorization form is required. See Documentation Required below for form.
  • No Pending Citations: The dwelling unit or primary residence shall not be the subject of any active or pending code enforcement actions or violations pursuant to the City’s Municipal Code.

To assist those who are considering operating a STR in the City of Long Beach, the following represent some (but not all) of the requirements that the host/operator will need to follow as outlined in the Ordinance.  Please reference the Ordinance for additional information.

  1. Transient Occupancy Tax: The host/STR operator shall be required to collect, report and pay a Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) on a monthly basis to the City.  These taxes are based on gross receipts of rented stays.  Taxes can be paid through the same portal as registration. See "Transient Occupancy Tax" below for more information.
  2. Annual Application/Registration Fee: The fee for the City to review your STR application or any subsequent renewal application is $250.00.  The annual term of STR registration shall commence on the date of the City-issued registration number.
  3. Local Contact Person: The host/STR operator shall be available twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days a week or identify a local contact person who shall be available twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days a week for:
      1. responding within one (1) hour to complaints regarding the condition, operation, or conduct of the STR or its occupants; and
      2. taking any remedial action necessary to resolve such complaints.
  4. Maximum Occupancy: Maximum occupancy shall be two (2) persons per bedroom plus two (2) more persons, with a maximum of ten (10) persons per STR.  Calculation is inclusive of the host(s) and guest’s children.  If the host/STR operator wishes to accommodate an event that exceeds the maximum occupancy of the unit, they must first obtain an Occasional Event Permit from the Long Beach Special Events office.  See "Occasional Event Permit" below for more information.
  5. Health Order: Hosts/operators are subject to Appendix Q of Long Beach’s Safer At Home Order For Control Of COVID-19 which governs protocols and requirements for short-term rentals.  Please visit the City of Long Beach’s Health Orders and Protocol.
  6. Nuisance: The operator and property owner shall be jointly responsible for any nuisance violations arising at a property during short-term rental activities.  Repeated violations of the STR Ordinance will be considered a nuisance.  Nuisance is further defined in the City’s Municipal Code under Chapter 9.37.
  7. STR Advertising: All marketing and advertising of a registered STR, including any listing on a hosting platform, shall clearly list the City-issued STR registration number.
  8. Guest Information Posted: Each STR shall have a notice posted within the unit in a location clearly marked and accessible to the guest (e.g., posted on the refrigerator, included within a binder with additional information on the unit, etc.), containing the following information:
      1. The maximum number of occupants permitted in the unit;
      2. Parking capacity, location of parking spaces, and parking rules, if any;
      3. Trash and recycling pickup information;
      4. The name of the local contact and a telephone number at which that person may be reached on a twenty-four (24) hour basis;
      5. Emergency contact information for summoning police, fire, or emergency medical services; and
      6. Evacuation plan for the unit showing emergency exit routes, exits, and fire extinguisher locations.
  9. Use of all outdoor pools, spas and hot tubs shall be prohibited between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
  10. No sign shall be posted on the exterior of the STR premises to advertise the availability of the STR rental unit to the public.

FOR BOTH OWNER & RENTER

  • Documentation of Primary Residence: Two (2) of the following documents must be provided as part of the registration application.  The documents provided must indicate the host’s name and the address which should match the primary residence address and name on the STR registration application:
      • Motor Vehicle Registration
      • Driver’s License
      • Voter Registration
      • Tax Documents showing the residential unit as the person’s residence
      • Utility Bill
  • Primary Residence Certification and Indemnification Form: As it relates to the application for, and operation of, short-term rentals in the City of Long Beach, this form certifies the Proposed STR Operator’s Primary Residence and includes their agreement to indemnify and hold harmless the City with respect to certain liability.  We will not accept digital signatures.

    Download the form: Primary Residence Certification and Indemnification Form    

FOR RENTER ONLY

  • Property Owner Consent: If the host/STR operator is a renter or lessee, a signed and notarized Property Owner Authorization is required.  We will not accept digital signatures.

    Download the form: STR Property Owner Authorization

FOR ALL APPLICANTS

  • Driver’s License with name that matches the name on the STR registration application

IF OWNER IS LEGAL ENTITY OR BUSINESS STRUCTURE

  • If the property owner is a legal entity and/or business structure such as a LLC, the individual who applies for the non-primary residence STR registration must submit a notarized agreement form which declares that the individual may lawfully act on behalf of the entity.

Download the form: STR Legal Entity/Business Structure Applicant Authority and Agreement


FOR TENANTS

  • Property Owner Consent: If the host/STR operator is a renter or lessee, a signed and notarized Property Owner Authorization is required.

    Download the form: STR Property Owner Authorization

For Primary Residence STRs

To begin the registration process, click on the REGISTER button below.  The timing of registration approval will be dependent on the accuracy and validity of materials submitted and to any follow-up

PLEASE NOTE:

  • You will not be able to save your place should you close your browser or navigate away to another page while working through the registration pages. 
  • The application/registration fee ($250.00) shall be paid prior to City review of your application. The payment of this fee does not guarantee approval of your application. Application fees are not refundable once the application has been submitted.





For Non-Primary Residence STRs

The number of Non-Primary Residences allowed to operate in the City at any given point in time is 800. Those wishing to register their non-primary residence STR must submit an Application of Interest.

The City will review Applications of Interest for completion and accuracy.  Once the application is considered complete the applicant will either be given a Reservation to register their property/unit, or placed on the Waiting List if the 800 limit has been reached.

Applicants who submit completed applications for properties/units in the coastal zone will receive a Reservation (subject to availability) which can be used to register upon Costal Commission approval of the ordinance.

A reservation is valid for three (3) weeks from the date issued. Please note that all correspondence regarding Reservations will be conducted via e-mail.

Other Short-Term Rental Items

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 ShortTermRentals@longbeach.gov.

If you are an authorized representative for a homeowners association (HOA), please complete the self-certification form below and submit to ShortTermRentals@longbeach.gov.

Please allow staff up to five (5) business days for staff to respond to submittals.  We will not accept digital signatures.

You can use the Los Angeles County Assessor website to assist in locating your address and associated AIN.

View the list: Prohibited Buildings List

TOT reporting and payment is due on the 10th day of the month following the reporting month in question. The first penalty for late reporting and/or payment of TOT is 25% of the TOT tax amount due for that reporting month which is applied on the first day of the second month after the reporting month in question. If the reporting month in question continues to remain unpaid and/or unreported, then a second penalty of 50% of the TOT tax amount due for that reporting month will be applied on the first day of the third month after the reporting month in question. For example:

Reporting Month: June
Due Date  July 10th
 First Penalty of 25%  August 1st
 Second Penalty of 50%  September 1st

Should you have any questions about TOT and reporting, you may contact us by emailing STR-TOT@LongBeach.gov.

A host/operator who has registered their STR with the City and wishes to accommodate an event that exceeds the maximum occupancy of the unit must first obtain an Occasional Event Permit from the Long Beach Special Events office.  The maximum number of Occasional Event Permits that can be executed during the annual term of a registration is four (4).

Occasional Event Permit

Long Beach Special Events Office Contact Information

Website:  https://www.filmlongbeach.com/specialevents/applicationsandforms

Address:
211 E. Ocean Blvd.
Suite 410
Long Beach, CA 90802

Phone: (562) 570-5333
After Hours Line: (562) 570-5339
Fax: (562) 570-5335
 

Primary Residence STR
If you are planning on registering a primary residence short-term rental and your property resides in the Coastal Zone, the City will not be accepting registrations while the Coastal Commission considers the City’s new ordinance.  The Coastal Commission is a state organization.  For information on when they will discuss and vote on the City’s ordinance, please contact them directly.

If you would like the City to contact you when registration is available for these properties please submit a Coastal Zone Registration Notification Form.


Non-Primary Residence STR
The City will also not be accepting registrations for non-primary residence short-term rentals while the Coastal Commission considers the City’s new ordinance. If you are interested in registering a non-primary residence short-term rental and your property resides in the Coastal Zone, we recommend submitting an Application of Interest. If, after submitting an Application of Interest, you receive a Reservation, an opportunity to register will be held for you until such time that the Coastal Commission approves the City’s ordinance. 

The City maintains a 24/7 Complaint Hotline at (562) 568-8665 to report any concerns or complaints, as well as an online reporting portal to report nuisance activity.

Contact

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


The registration cost is $250 per application. An operator who applies for both a primary and non-primary residence STR registration would have to pay $250 for each. A registration is valid for one year (365 days) from the date of registration approval. A renewal registration is also $250.

City staff is currently accepting registrations to operate primary residence STRs. Non-primary residence STR registration will begin following the initial lottery. The timeline for the lottery is currently being developed.

There is no limit on the number of primary residence STR registrations issued. The City can issue a max of 800 non-primary residence STR registrations to operate in the City at a given time.
The opt-out process details and fees are currently being developed. Any residential homeowner(s) will be able to initiate a petition to opt-out un-hosted rentals in their census track block group. This map can be used to identify a certain census track block group and associated geography. Should a opt-out petition be requested, the City will mail each residential property owner in the census track block group with a physical petition to sign and return. For an opt-out to be successful, the ordinance requires that a majority (50% + 1) of those mailed petitions are returned to the City with valid signatures.

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 rental offered or provided to a paying guest(s) that is for thirty (30) or fewer consecutive
nights is considered a short-term rental.

The City’s Health Order and Protocols related to short-term rentals can be found here.

A waiting list will be established after the initial lottery, or when the City reaches its
max allowance of 800 non-primary residence registrations.

The City will require a property owner consent form for anyone applying for a registration who is
not the property owner. Additionally, a property owner (or a home-owners association) can
request at any time to place their property on the prohibited buildings list. Once placed on this
list, the City will NOT issue any STR registrations for that property.

The City maintains a 24/7 Complaint Hotline at (562) 568-8665 to report any concerns or
complaints, as well as an online reporting portal to report nuisance activity. 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.
  • Non-Primary Residence – An STR unit that is not the primary residence of the STR host/operator.
  • 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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