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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 the laws and regulations in Long 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 Department of Development Services or other city agencies directly, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
- Zoning Regulations. Title 21 of the Long Beach Municipal Code regulates land uses in Long Beach. You should consult the Zoning Regulations to see if your listing is consistent with zoning requirements or use definitions. Important terms include accessory use; apartment; bed and breakfast inn; boardinghouse; dwelling; dwelling unit; guestroom; hotel; inn; lodging house; and residential use.
- Building License. All owners or operators of businesses in Long Beach are required to apply for and receive a business license, and pay an annual tax. Please review the city’s website for more information on applying for a business license. As part of the licensing process, the city will review the application to make sure the proposed business is consistent with current zoning requirements and health and safety standards. Please review Chapter 3.80 of the Municipal Code or contact the Department of Financial Management directly.
- Building and Housing Standards. Long Beach enforces rules and regulations specifying minimum construction, design, and maintenance standards for buildings, including regulations on habitability, health, and safety. Certain rules applicable to residential and non-residential uses may be relevant to your listing. Please review Title 18 of the Municipal Code or contact the city’s Building Division directly.
- Transient Occupancy Taxes. Long Beach assesses transient occupancy taxes on hotels, motels, and other short-term rentals. A "short-term rental" is defined as a guest stay of 30 days or less. More information about the transient occupancy tax is available on the city's FAQ page.
- Other Rules. It's also important to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, such as leases, condo board or co-op rules, HOA rules, or rules established by tenant organizations. Please read your lease agreement and check with your landlord if applicable.
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.