When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it is important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to give you some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in Huntington Beach. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. If you have questions, contact the City’s Planning and Zoning Counter at 714-536-5271 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Short-term rental regulations
Huntington Beach allows short-term rentals to operate with a permit (Ordinance No. 4224). There are 2 distinct zones in the city where Short-Term Rentals are permitted. Zone 1 consists of all areas of the City excluding Sunset Beach. Zone 2 consists of Sunset Beach. In Zones 1 and 2, Short-Term Rentals are permitted in owner occupied residential dwelling units. In Zone 2 only, Short-Term Rentals are permitted for existing owner “un-occupied” residential dwelling units who obtain a permit within six (6) months of the effective date of the resolution establishing the permit fee(s). After six (6) months, no new permits for owner “un-occupied” residential dwelling units will be issued.
Hosts are required to display their short-term rental permit or registration number on any listing advertisement.
Existing unhosted rentals in Sunset Beach (Zone 2) have six (6) months to obtain a permit and be grandfathered. Only one permit is allowed per person, and one permit per property (exception for condominiums and townhouses with 4+ units, which can have 3 permits).
Hosts must have a signed indemnification and hold harmless agreement in a form approved by the City Attorney.
As part of the application process, all hosts must submit local contact person information, a certificate of occupancy, a signed statement affirming compliance with all applicable laws, and the following fee:
- Application fee: $624
- Business License Fee: $75
- Business License Application Fee: $45
Hosts are responsible for collecting and remitting all Transient Occupancy Taxes (10%) and the Tourism Business Improvement District Assessment (4%) to the City of Huntington Beach. Get more information on short-term rentals in Huntington Beach.