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Short-Term Rentals in Huntington Beach

Short-term rentals have become very popular in the last few years.  Short-term rentals are defined as a residential unit rented for a term of thirty (30) or fewer consecutive nights.  On December 21, 2020, the Huntington Beach City Council voted to approve Ordinance No. 4224 amending the Huntington Beach Municipal Code (HBMC) by adding Chapter 5.120 Short-Term Rentals (STRs).


Final approval of Ordinance No. 4224 (Short-Term Rentals) was on January 19, 2021.  The Ordinance was effective on February 19, 2021.  The STR Permit fee resolution was adopted on March 1, 2021.


All Short-Term Rentals must have a valid City Permit by December 31, 2021, or all online advertisements will be removed by platforms (AirBnB, VRBO, etc.).


Short-Term Rental Regulations:




Issued Short-Term Rental Permits


How to Report Violations to Code Enforcement:


Below are links to the application, frequently asked questions, and additional information regarding short-term rentals: 

STR operators must remit their TOT and TBID via for rentals each quarter.  If there is no rental activity, STR operators must still remit $0 return by the DUE DATE identified below in order to avoid fees.  

Quarter 1 covers rentals between January 1st thru March 31st - TOT and TBID due last City business day in April.

Quarter 2 covers rentals between April 1st thru June 30th - TOT and TBID due last City business day in July.

Quarter 3 covers rentals between July 1st thru September 30th - TOT and TBID due last City business day in October.

Quarter 4 covers rentals between October 1st thru December 31st - TOT and TBID due last City business day in January. 

For more information, please contact the Planning and Zoning counter at (714) 536-5271 or email [email protected] 

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