Los Angeles, CA
When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it's 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 provide some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in Los Angeles. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. We’ll continue to update this information as more becomes available. If you have questions, contact the Department of City Planning or other city agencies directly, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
Short-term rental regulations
Based on Home Sharing Ordinance (CF 14-1635-S2), home sharing is permitted in Los Angeles if your listing is your primary residence. Hosts are required to register with the city and post their permit number on their listing, or claim a valid reason for exemption, in order to comply with the ordinance.
Listings without a permit number or exemption posted will be blocked from hosting short-term stays (less than 30 nights at a time) in Los Angeles.
You can learn more about what’s required for your listing in the sections below.
- You host your primary residence - entire home or private room
- You host multiple private rooms in your primary residence
- You host a secondary residence, like a second home or vacation home
- You host as a renter or lessee
- You operate a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, or transient occupancy residential structure
- You exclusively host stays of 30 or more nights
- You host in a building/address that is subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance
For additional questions about what’s required to host in Los Angeles, visit the Department of City Planning’s Home-Sharing FAQ page.
You host your primary residence - entire home or private room
If you host your primary residence, you’ll need to register your listing with the City of Los Angeles. You can do this on the city’s website or in person at the Los Angeles Planning Department.
If your listing is eligible, you’ll receive a pending permit number immediately which you’ll need to add to your listing to comply with the ordinance. Registration costs $89 and must be renewed each year.
To register, you’ll need to provide the following:
- Photo identification (ID): A valid federal or state-issued photo ID such as a driver's license, state ID card, or passport.
- Documentation of primary residence: Two of the following documents must be provided, unless the address on the photo ID matches the location of your listing, in which case you’ll only need one of the following. The documents must include your name and the address of your listing.
- A current valid California voter's registration card or voter registration status
- A current valid California vehicle registration certificate
- A recent health insurance bill
- A recent vehicle insurance bill
- A copy of a paycheck or pay stub issued in the last six months
- A copy of a current property tax bill indicating homeowner's exemption
- A copy of a current rental or lease agreement, including the property manager's or landlord's contact information and signature
- Landlord approval: If you rent or lease your unit, you’ll need to submit a signed and notarized affidavit that approves your participation in home-sharing for that unit.
Once you submit your registration, the city will provide a temporary permit number to add to your listing while they review your information. When the application is approved, the city will notify you via email that the number is verified and you may continue using the same number. If your submission requires additional review, the city will reach out to let you know.
Home-sharing for more than 120 nights
If you plan to host your primary residence for more than 120 days per calendar year, you’ll need to apply for extended home-sharing. Extended home-sharing registration is a 4-step process:
- Apply for regular home-sharing: You’ll need your home-sharing registration number (pending or final) in order to apply for extended home-sharing. Your home-sharing registration will be checked to confirm extended home-sharing eligibility. You will receive an email at the email address associated with your registration containing a secure link to continue to step 2.
- Data validation and upload of proof of number of days hosted (if required): You will have an opportunity to update certain registration details and upload proof of hosting for 60 days (if required). You will receive an email confirming your registration.
- Neighborhood notification: The city will review your registration and if you qualify, you will be emailed a mailing notification and mailing labels. You will be required to mail the notification using the city's contractor. Details on how to complete this step are available on the city’s site. Note that you will only have to complete this step after your application is approved.
- Upload proof of mailing and pay registration fee: You will return to the portal using a secure link to upload the proof of mailing and pay the extended home-sharing registration fee of $850.
Renewing your registration
Your registration is valid for one year from the date that your pending permit number was issued and must be renewed annually. You’ll receive an email reminder from the city 30 days before your current registration expires.
You host multiple private rooms in your primary residence
You’ll need to complete the same registration process outlined above, and only need one permit number. You can use the same permit number on each of your listings if they are multiple rooms in one primary residence–just make sure to add the number to each of your listings to comply.
According to the ordinance, only one listing at the same property can be booked at a time. This means that you can still host multiple private rooms in your home, but can only accept one booking at a time. Two separate private rooms may not be booked during the same time period.
You host a secondary residence, like a second home or vacation home
Second homes and vacation rentals are not eligible to apply for home-sharing. If you’d like to continue receiving bookings, you can switch to long-term stays (30 or more nights), which don’t require a permit number in Los Angeles. You can update this in your availability settings.
Airbnb continues to advocate for reasonable regulations that address short-term rentals in non-primary residences, and as a result, the city has taken the first steps of drafting an ordinance that would regulate second homes and vacation rentals. We’ll update hosts as soon as more information is available.
You host as a renter or lessee
If you’re a renter or lessee, you must have written approval from your landlord to host. This written approval will need to be notarized and submitted as part of the home-sharing application.
You operate a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, or transient occupancy residential structure
If you host a hotel, motel, transient occupancy residential structure, or bed and breakfast, your listing is exempt from registration, but you’ll still need to claim an exemption through Airbnb to comply. This is free of cost.
You exclusively host stays of 30 or more nights
If you only accept bookings for 30 or more nights at a time, you are not required to register your listing or take any action on Airbnb. If you’d like to switch to long-term stays, you can update this in your availability settings.
You host in a building/address that is subject to the City's Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO)
If your building is subject to the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO), it’s not eligible for home sharing. Temporary exemptions such as for owner-occupancy do not relieve a residence from being a rental unit Unit subject to the provisions of the RSO. For information on whether your property is subject to the RSO, you can search for your address in ZIMAS and check under the “Housing” tab. If you believe your property is mistakenly identified as being subject to any housing restrictions, you can decide to proceed with your application by paying the application fee and providing a written explanation, along with any supporting documentation, that outlines why the city’s information may be incorrect and the registration requirements are met.
The City of Los Angeles imposes a 14% transient occupancy tax on the listing price (including cleaning fees) for stays of 30 nights or less. Airbnb collects and remits the City transient occupancy tax. However, hosts are still required to file monthly returns to the Office of Finance, and should take a deduction for tax collected and remitted by Airbnb (and any other applicable platform). For more information about the City's transient occupancy tax, visit the City's FAQ page. In addition, Los Angeles County applies a transient occupancy tax on any unincorporated areas within the county, which applies to broad categories of transient use. “Transient use” is defined as a guest stays of 30 days or less. Airbnb currently does not collect the County transient occupancy tax. More information about the County transient occupancy tax is available at the County's FAQ page.
Other contracts and rules
As a host, you need to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, including leases, co-op rules, HOA rules, or other rules established by tenant organizations. You should be able to find out more by contacting your housing authority (such as a community council) or landlord. Your lease (or other contract) might also have specific details.
Our commitment to your community
We are committed to working with local officials to help them understand how Airbnb benefits our community. Where needed, we will continue to advocate for changes that will allow regular people to rent out their own homes.