What is a Hosted short-term rental?

A Hosted short-term rental is defined as a Short-Term Rental where, throughout the Short-Term Rental period, the host lives and sleeps in the dwelling unit or lives and sleeps in another legal dwelling unit on the same parcel, which parcel is the owner’s principal residence. Hosted Short-Term Rentals shall be allowed only in the primary residence on any property containing more than one legal dwelling unit except where allowed in an ADU pursuant to Zoning Code Section 20-48.040(A)(4)(b).

Principal residence is the place where one resides for more than one-half of the year.

Note:  As part of the submittal of a Hosted Short-Term Rental Permit application, the property owner must provide the following information verifying that they the property is their principal residence:

  • Two forms of proof of principal residency which may include any of the following: a driver's license or California state identification card, pay-stub from current employer, Voter registration card, motor vehicle registration, insurance bill, tax documents showing the residential unit as the person’s residence, or utility bill for water or electric/gas services (you may only use utility bills as one form of residency confirmation; cable television, cell phone or internet provider bills do not qualify); and
  • Signed Hosted Short-Term Rental Applicant’s Affidavit.

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1. When did the Short-Term Rentals Ordinance go into effect?
2. What is a short-term rental?
3. What is a Hosted short-term rental?
4. What is a Non-Hosted short-term rental?
5. Is the City accepting applications for new Non-Hosted Short-Term Rental Permits?
6. Non-Hosted Short-Term Rental Permits are capped citywide at 182. If the number of issued Non-Hosted Permits drops below 182, will the City start accepting new Non-Hosted Permit applications?
7. What if my property is associated with an HOA?
8. Are there any restrictions on what type of housing units can be used as a short-term rental?
9. What requirements must a Short-Term-Rental operator follow to be in compliance?
10. Are there any restrictions to using a barbeque or outdoor firepit/heater at my Short-Term Rental?
11. Where can a Short-Term Rental operate in the City?
12. What is the process for City staff review of New and Renewal Short-Term Rental Permit applications?
13. Do I need to submit all of the application materials identified on the application for a Renewal Permit, even if there have been no changes to my property/unit since my original application?
14. For a Renewal application, am I required to fill out all of the fields for things like zoning district, parcel number, contact information etc. if nothing has changed?
15. Will the City send a reminder or notice of the Short-Term Rental Permit expiration date and renewal process?
16. Will the issuance and expiration month and day of my Permit change with each Renewal Permit issuance?
17. What registrations or permits are required for a Short-Term Rental to operate in compliance with the Ordinance?
18. How do I register my short-term rental for BIA assessments?
19. Where can I get receipts from my TOT payments?
20. Do I need to obtain a Business Tax Certificate?