Long Beach, California Short Term Rental Regulations

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Last updated August 23, 2023

Long Beach Short-Term Rental Regulations

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City Code of Ordinances

Long Beach heavily regulates short-term rental. There are two (2) types of rental activity: Hosted or Un-Hosted. Hosted: Hosted rental activity is a rental whereby the registrant remains on-site and resides in a qualified dwelling unit or portion thereof throughout the guest’s stay.  The registrant must either be an owner or an authorized long-term tenant of the property.   Un-hosted: Un-hosted rental activity is defined as a rental where the registration holder is not required to have a host present or remain on-site during their guest’s stay. Accessory dwelling units (ADU) are not considered qualified dwelling units and may not be operated as STRs. Maximum occupancy shall be two (2) persons per bedroom plus two (2) more persons, with a maximum of ten (10) persons per STR.  The calculation includes the host(s) and the guest’s children.  If the host/STR operator wishes to accommodate an event that exceeds the maximum occupancy of the unit, they must first obtain an Occasional Event Permit from the Long Beach Special Events office.  See "Occasional Event Permit" below for more information. Visit the Long Beach City Ordinance CHAPTER 5.77 Short-Term Rentals and Short-Term Rentals page.

Business License Requirements

Two (2) types of Short-Term Rental Registration can be applied for Primary Residence or Non-Primary Residence.  An individual may obtain one (1) of each registration type.   Primary Residence STR Registration: To apply for this type of registration the unit offered for STR use must reside on the same parcel of land as the applicant’s primary residence. “Primary Residence” is a person’s permanent residence or usual place of return for a minimum of two hundred seventy-five (275) days during the calendar year.  The following types of rental activity are allowed for a Primary Residence STR: Un-hosted – Max of 90 days per registration periodHosted – Unlimited number of days per registration period Non-Primary Residence STR: A Non-Primary Residence STR registration can be applied for by anyone who owns residential property in Long Beach that is not their “Primary Residence.” The following types of rental activity are allowed for a Non-Primary Residence STR:Un-hosted – Unlimited number of days per registration periodHosted – Unlimited number of days per registration period There is no limit on the number of primary residence STR registrations issued. The City can issue a max of 800 non-primary residence STR registrations to operate in the City at a given time. If the host/STR operator is a renter or lessee, a signed and notarized Property Owner Authorization is required.

Building and Housing Standards

Long Beach has rules and regulations that specify minimum building, design, maintenance standards, habitability, health, and safety requirements. Some rules and regulations that apply to residential and non-residential properties may apply to your listing. View the City Building Code Ordinance and consult the City’s Building Department for more information. 

Tourist and Local Taxes

Hotels, motels, and other short-term rentals in Long Beach are subject to a 13% transient occupancy tax. For Airbnb, the City has a voluntary collection agreement with Airbnb, and Airbnb is collecting TOT and remitting it to the City on behalf of STRs.  Please visit the Finance Department's website for more information. Short-term rentals might be subjected to state and county sales tax and are liable for payment as established by state and county law. 

Other Rules

Short Term Rental Operating Requirements:
  • Local Contact Person: The host/STR operator shall be available twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days a week, or identify a local contact person who shall be available twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days a week for responding within one (1) hour to complaints regarding the condition, operation, or conduct of the STR or its occupants; and taking any remedial action necessary to resolve such complaints. 
  • Nuisance: The operator and property owner shall be jointly responsible for any nuisance violations arising at a property during short-term rental activities. Repeated violations of the STR Ordinance will be considered a nuisance. Nuisance is further defined in the City’s Municipal Code under Chapter 9.37.
  • STR Advertising: All marketing and advertising of a registered STR, including any listing on a hosting platform, shall list the City-issued STR registration number.
 Guest Information  All STRs must post a notice containing the following information within the unit. Hosts must place the notice in an area where the guest can quickly identify and access it.
  • The maximum number of STR guests permitted to reside in the unit.
  • Location, parking spots, parking capacity, and parking rules, if applicable. 
  • Information on recycling and trash pickup. 
  • The local contact’s name and the phone number of that person will be contactable on a 24-hour basis. 
  • Emergency contact information for contacting the police, fire, or emergency medical services. 
  • Evacuation plans for the unit detailing emergency departure routes, exits, and fire extinguisher locations.
  • Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., all outdoor pools, spas, and hot tubs must be closed. 
  • STR operators shall place no sign outside the STR premises to advertise the STR rental unit’s availability to the general public.
 It is also essential to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, such as leases, condo boards, co-op rules, HOA rules, or rules established by tenant organizations. Please read your lease agreement and check with your landlord if applicable. Visit the Long Beach website for more information. 
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Long Beach, California Quick Stats

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City Activities

Review the popular activities that hosts include in their property positing in Long Beach.

City Attractions

The most popular local and regional landmarks hosts usually include in their Airbnb or Vrbo property listings.

Long Beach Rental Rates & Fees

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Property Types & Sizes

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What makes Long Beach a great place to invest?

  1. Long Beach, California is home to the iconic Queen Mary, a luxury ocean liner that has been transformed into a hotel and museum, offering visitors a unique and unforgettable experience.
  2. The city is also home to the Aquarium of the Pacific, a world-class facility that showcases the diverse marine life of the Pacific Ocean and offers interactive exhibits, educational programs, and hands-on activities for visitors.
  3. For sports fans, Long Beach is home to the Long Beach Grand Prix, an annual street race that attracts top drivers and fans from around the world and offers a weekend of high-speed action and excitement.
  4. Long Beach is also known for its stunning beaches, including the famous Alamitos Beach and the picturesque Shoreline Village, both of which offer miles of pristine sand, crystal-clear water, and a variety of recreational opportunities.
  5. The city is also home to the Museum of Latin American Art, a unique facility that showcases the rich artistic heritage of the Americas and offers rotating exhibitions and educational programs for visitors.
  6. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of cultural events and festivals in Long Beach, including the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon, the Long Beach Pride Parade, and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra's Summer Pops concert series.

Long Beach Nearby Cities

Local Real Estate

How expensive is the real estate in Long Beach?

The cost of real estate can vary widely depending on the location, size, and features of the property, as well as market conditions. The median home value in Long Beach has decreased -7% over the past year, and the average price per square foot is $593, which is higher than the national average.

Median Sale Price


-7% YoY

Median per Square Foot


-4% YoY

Average Monthly Rent


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Property Descriptions

The most common terms hosts include in their listings for Long Beach, California

Word Cloud for Long Beach, California Short Term Rentals

Common terms for Long Beach short term rental listings.

When potential guests are scrolling through listings on Airbnb, they’re looking for certain essential information to help them decide if your property is the right fit for their needs. As a host, ensuring that your listing includes all the relevant information that guests will be looking for is vital.

Some of the must-have elements of a property description include:

  • Location: Guests will want to know where your property is located in relation to popular attractions, public transportation, and other points of interest.
  • Amenities: What amenities does your property offer? Be sure to list all features guests can access, such as a pool, hot tub, parking, etc.
  • Informative: The average listing in Long Beach has a description approximately 1,490 words long. Make sure yours is long enough to describe your property but doesn't require your potential guest to read a novel.

After reviewing more than 1,762 listings in Long Beach, we've consolidated the most common terms on the word cloud. The larger text represents a term that is used more often. The top ten mentioned terms are Beach, Patio, Place, Downtown, Quiet, Walking, Block, Garage, Car, and Outdoor.

What are the most popular tourist activities in Long Beach?

Whether renting a house, an apartment, or a room, you should include popular tourist activities in your posting. The most common choices mentioned on property listings in Long Beach involve going to the Beach, Boating, the Marina, Swimming, and Museums. When you write your listing, have a section with recommended activities near the property to give your guests an idea of what is available.






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Water Sports

Local Attractions

What attractions do hosts highlight to guests?

There are quite a few popular attractions in Long Beach, including Long Beach Cruise Terminal, World Cruise Center, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, and Medieval Times. Below we've included the most popular local and regional landmarks hosts usually include in their Airbnb or Vrbo property listings. Many hosts like to show off lesser-known regional landmarks visitors might not have heard of.

Well Known Attraction

Long Beach Cruise Terminal

Included on 66% of listings

Well Known Attraction

Aquarium of the Pacific

Included on 66% of listings

Well Known Attraction

Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center

Included on 65% of listings

Well Known Attraction

RMS Queen Mary

Included on 65% of listings

Regional Landmark

California State University, Long Beach

Included on 64% of listings

Regional Landmark

Seal Beach Pier

Included on 62% of listings

Regional Landmark

Long Beach Waterfront

Included on 60% of listings

Well Known Attraction

World Cruise Center

Included on 59% of listings

Regional Landmark

Bolsa Chica State Beach

Included on 55% of listings

Well Known Attraction

Medieval Times

Included on 53% of listings

Regional Landmark

Bella Terra

Included on 53% of listings

Regional Landmark

Shoreline Village

Included on 53% of listings

What’s the weather like in Long Beach, California?

The weather is about the same as the national average, with an average high temperature of around 73°, while the average low is about 56°. It has normal rainfall, averaging about 12 inches per year, compared to the national average of about 27 inches. Snowfall is scarce, with an average year having no snowfall. The humidity levels in Long Beach are generally lower than the national average, and the city has a mix of clouds and sunshine for most of the year.


December through February

49° Low 66° High

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March through May

54° Low 70° High

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June through August

62° Low 80° High

Muggy Days
4.5 days


September through November

58° Low 76° High

Muggy Days
2.5 days