Hosted Rental Regulations


On November 17, 2020, City Council adopted an ordinance to regulate hosted rentals. Hosted rentals are not subject to the City's Vacation Home Rental (VHR) regulations as amended by Measure T, which only apply where an entire dwelling is rented for less than 30 days. The ordinance is intended to enact sensible regulations and define how hosted rentals would be permitted. The ordinance is drafted to avoid negative impacts on neighborhoods while establishing a legal framework for responsible home-sharing. 

To view the Hosted Rental Ordinance in its entirety, click here:  Hosted Rental Ordinance.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the Ordinance go into effect?

On December 17, 2020.

What is the definition of a Hosted Rental?

An activity where the owner or tenant hosts a visitor or visitors in the homeowner’s or tenant’s home, for compensation, for a period of 30 or less consecutive calendar days, while the homeowner or tenant lives on-site in the home during the visitor’s stay.

What qualifies as a “Homeowner”?

A person or persons that own a dwelling and claims that dwelling as their principal place of residence. A “Homeowner” may also be a personal or family trust consisting solely of natural persons. Business entities are excluded from the definition of “homeowner.” 

Can a tenant qualify to have a hosted rental?

Yes. The tenant must reside in a dwelling either: (a) under a lease with a term of two years or more; or (b) with proof of tenancy under multiple consecutive leases adding up to two years or more. The tenant must also have the homeowner’s permission to operate a hosted rental and claim that dwelling as their principal place of residence. 

I own a duplex, can I live in Unit A and rent out Unit B?

No. Hosted Rentals are not allowed in multi family units. In addition, the ‘host’ must reside in the same dwelling unit as the hosted rental.

What regulations are Hosted Rentals subject to?

  • The homeowner or tenant shall be available by telephone to respond to complaints regarding the hosted rental and shall be available to respond in person to complaints within sixty minutes. The homeowner or tenant listed on the application shall stay overnight at the dwelling while it is being used as a hosted rental.
  • The homeowner or tenant may only enter into a hosted rental contract with one party at a time during the same rental period.
  • The hosted rental permit number shall be included on all advertisements and the entire home shall not be advertised as available for rent.
  • The maximum number of guests allowed in a hosted rental shall not exceed two people per hosted bedroom and shall not exceed six total guests. Children five and under are not counted toward maximum occupancy. Rental to unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 is prohibited.
  • Limit of vehicles associated with the hosted rental use is determined by the number of paved off-street parking spaces dedicated for use by guests, not to exceed two vehicles.
  • Outdoor amplified sound is prohibited. Quiet hours are from 10:00pm to 8:00am. Use of outdoor spas and hot tubs is prohibited during quiet hours.
  • Events such as weddings and receptions are prohibited.
  • All required transient occupancy tax (TOT) payments shall be made on time. For information on paying TOT visit
  • Homeowner or tenant shall maintain records of every night that the hosted rental is rented. Records must include the name and contact information of the guest signing each rental contract,  the number of occupants under each rental contract for a period of three years, and shall provide such records to the city within 15 business days of receiving a written request.
  • Homeowner or tenant shall go over these performance standards with guests prior to or during their stay.
  • The performance standards shall be included in the hosted rental agreement and shall be posted inside the hosted rental in a location readily visible to all guests.

Can I rent my accessory dwelling unit?

No. The ‘host’ must reside in the same dwelling unit as the hosted rental.

How does the Ordinance affect my existing Shared Rental?

As of December 17, 2020, existing shared rentals are no longer authorized to operate with a business license and your shared rental business license will be closed and considered null and void. Homeowners and tenants who qualify to hold a hosted rental permit under the new ordinance would need to obtain a Hosted Rental Permit to resume operations. 

Will I get a refund on my existing business license fee to operate a shared rental?

If you renewed your business license for the 2020/2021 fiscal year and were not in business after July 1, 2020 due to COVID-19-related restrictions on shared rentals, you can request a refund of your business license fees. If you had rents during that period (reported or unreported), you are not eligible for a refund. To request a refund of your business license fees, please contact the Revenue Division of the Administrative Services Department at

When will the City start accepting applications for Hosted Rental Permits?

Once the California Department of Public Health lifts the COVID-19-related restrictions on renting out occupied residences for lodging purposes. See COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Hotels, Lodging, and Short-Term Rentals at page 4 (last updated Oct. 20, 2020), available at In no event will applications be accepted sooner than the effective date of the ordinance, December 17, 2020.

If you would like to be notified when the City begins accepting hosted rental applications, please email

How can I get more information?

Please visit the City webpage at, call us at 530-542-6011 or email