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Short-Term Residential Occupancy (STRO)

(Updated on January 12, 2022)

Status of California Coastal Commission (CCC) Review

At the December 2021 CCC meeting, an extension of up to one (1) year to review the STRO ordinance was requested by CCC staff.  The Commission approved the extension but communicated to City staff that the ordinance would be reviewed in Spring 2022.   Upon review, the CCC may unconditionally certify or request changes to the Ordinance.

 

Licensing Requirement Effective Date

In the coming months, City staff will submit a request to City Council to amend the STRO license requirement date, extending the effective date up to 9 months, following unconditional certification by the CCC.  The additional time will provide adequate notice to Hosts in the industry who are currently accepting advance bookings for their properties.

 

Application Submission and Lottery Dates

The license application period and lottery dates will be determined once the Ordinance is unconditionally certified by the CCC.

The PDF icon STRO Ordinance (Ordinance) requires a license for all STRO of a dwelling unit, or part thereof, for less than one month. There are four (4) license types with varying requirements on the number of days and type of dwelling available for the STRO. A host may only hold one license and operate one dwelling unit for STRO at a time; licenses are not transferrable between ownership or location/dwelling unit.

A host may obtain a maximum of one license at a time in one of the following four (4) STRO license tiers:

Tier 1
Part-Time

Tier 2
Home Sharing
Tier 3
Whole Home
(excluding Mission Beach)
Tier 4
Mission Beach Whole Home

Rented for an aggregate of 20 days or less per year

The owner or permanent resident does not need to reside onsite during the STRO

Renting a room or rooms in the home for more than 20 days per year so long as the owner or permanent resident resides onsite

The owner or permanent resident may be absent from the permanent residence during the STRO for up to 90 days per calendar year

Home sharing includes duplex properties and eligible accessory dwelling units  when the host resides onsite

Rentals for more than 20 days per year where the owner or permanent resident does not reside onsite

The number of licenses issued will not exceed 1% of San Diego’s total housing units outside the Mission Beach Community Planning Area*

Guest two-night minimum stay required

The number of licenses issued will not exceed 30% of the Mission Beach Community Planning Area*

Guest two-night minimum stay required

*Based on the most recent Demographic and Socioeconomic Housing estimates issued by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) rounded up to the nearest whole number

The Office of the City Treasurer will establish a lottery application process; this webpage will be updated as more information becomes available.    If the total number of Tier 3 and/or Tier 4 applications received are greater than the number of licenses available, applications will be chosen via a lottery. Prioritization will be given to “good actors” as outlined in this PDF icon memo to City Council.

Additionally, City Council has approved the following application and license fees:

  Application Fee License Fee
Tier  1 

$           25   

$           100   
Tier  2 

$           25   

$           225   
Tier  3 

$           70   

$         1000   
Tier  4 

$           70   

$         1000   

Note that application fees are non-refundable, and licenses expire two (2) years from the date of issuance and may be renewed in accordance with section 510.0106(d) of the Ordinance.

This website will be updated as additional information becomes available.  If you would like to be notified when the website has been updated, please submit your email address to receive email updates.