Airbnb Long Beach moves forward with Short Term Rentals – The Motion Carries

In April of 2019 we began the discussion in our first blog post:

In January after a Council hearing, we updated our Blog with the information:

The city council recently had a meeting May 19, 2020 in hopes of having the motion carried to a 2nd and final reading. Result: The Motion Carries. The thought of an ordinance sounds daunting but the reality is that these ordinances make all short term rental interactions safer for everyone involved, enforce standards and makes it legal so that homeowner’s aren’t worrying about being in violation. Airbnb for home owners in Long Beach is changing, but what does that mean for you?

What to Expect

At first glance, the updated drafted ordinance to Long Beach’s short term rentals seem overwhelming. But we’ll go through each section together and discuss what it can mean for your future Long Beach property rental endeavors. For starters, process has been in motion for about 2 years so lets start with an overview to catch you up.

Catch Up

  • 2017
  • City Council requested a review of STR regulations in other municpalities
  • Staff provided initial feedback and recommended hiring a consultant to conduct a thorough study
  • 2018
  • Community outreach events and online survey
  • Case study research
  • City Countcil directed staff on preparation of the ordinance
  • 2019
  • STR update memo respondig to Council’s questions
  • STR phased implementation memo
  • Voluntary tax collection agreement executed with Airbnb
  • CEQA documentation circulated
  • Meetings with platforms and housing advocates
  • STR Ordinance drafted
  • 2020.
  • STR ordinance presented to Council
  • Jan – First Hearing
  • May – Another Hearing. Councilwoman, Jeannine Pearce gives Motion with exceptions.
    • Only permit hosted STR’s at this time
    • Request staff to work on cleaning standards with an emphasis on non hosted stays
    • Prohibit non-hosted stays for the time being (they have been prohibited for years) and re-visit in as little as 2 months while viewing reports of
      • impact on tourism from COVID-19
      • a look at occupancy tax the last 3 years
      • The amount of permitted available


While there seems there won’t be change for “un-hosted” stays, we can expect to see an ordinance for “hosted” stays

“Hosted stay” means a short-term rental activity whereby the
host remains on-site and resides in a habitable dwelling unit or portion
thereof throughout the guest’s stay

“Un-hosted stay” means a short-term rental activity whereby
the host, as that term is defined herein, resides off-site during the guest’s

Key Elements of Ordinance

A “cap” onVacation rentals is proposed

Highlights: A cap for 1000 “un-hosted” STR’s

STR Regulations

Highlights: A 24 hour contact is required & Occupancy is limited to 2 guests per bedroom, with a maximum of 10 guests per STR.


Highlights: Violations subject to $1000 fine perday w/out valid registration.

How Many Vacation Rentals Can I Register?

2 non primary residence STRs and a registered operator may also operate in their primary residence.

What Happens Next

The motion has carries with the exceptions above. There will be a Second and final reading at the next City Council Meeting. There will be a Phased Implementation Plan (see below)

Have an Easier Time as Ordinances are Implemented

With all the changes to short term rentals broken down, it’s not as daunting as it might first appear. Most of the changes are pretty straight forward and hosting through Airbnb in Long Beach is still possible.

There’s a grace period allowing people to make changes as needed before the city enforces the rules. In the end, following along with these rules will make the entire process easier and safer for you and your guests.

Looking to start renting out your home now that you know what to expect? List your property to get started!