It’s important for you to understand your local laws if you want to become an Airbnb Host. We provide a platform and marketplace, but we don’t provide legal advice. Even so, we want to share some info to help you understand laws and other rules that relate to short-term rentals in San Bernardino County. The information in this article isn’t exhaustive, but it should help you start your research on local laws. If you have questions, please contact San Bernardino County Land Use Services or Tax Collector.
Short-term rental regulations
The information in this article only applies to unincorporated communities in San Bernardino County (see map here). If you live in an incorporated city or town within San Bernardino County, please contact your local city administrator or planning department for more information.
San Bernardino County’s short-term rental ordinance requires Hosts to obtain a short-term rental permit to offer whole or partial accommodations for stays of less than 30 days.
Step 1: Apply online through the County’s EZ Online Permitting Portal, and submit the $667 initial application fee.
Step 2: A Code Enforcement Officer will conduct an exterior inspection of the property to verify compliance with the County’s requirements. The applicant must submit a completed Interior Checklist & Owner Acknowledgement to self-certify the interior of the rental property; these forms are available here.
Step 3: Add your permit number to your Airbnb listing. Once you receive your permit number from the County, include it in your listing page.
This permit must be renewed every other year. This process requires a $489 renewal fee and re-inspection. Operating without a permit can result in a fine of $1,000 per day.
Add your number to continue hosting short-term stays in San Bernardino.
Transient occupancy tax
San Bernardino County imposes a 7% Transient Occupancy Tax on amounts paid by guests for occupancies that last less than 30 days. You’ll need to apply for a Transient Occupancy Tax Registration Certificate to collect the tax. The County tax office mails a form to every active certificate holder each quarter. You’ll need the form to submit your statements, but you won’t need to include payment because we collect occupancy taxes on your behalf.
This article is about county rules and regulations, but remember to check with your community about other types of local rules if your home belongs to a condo complex, HOA, timeshare, or other tenant organization. If you lease, check your contract or contact your landlord to make sure you’re permitted to sublet.
Our commitment to your community
We are committed to working with local officials to clarify how local rules impact the short-term rental community. We will continue to advocate for changes that will enable people to rent out their homes.