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Short-Term Residential Occupancy (STRO)

(Updated on August 16, 2021)

Participate in a preliminary registration survey. Participation in this survey does not guarantee a license but will provide the STRO Program with information to assist in the development of administrative rules to implement and administer license registration and the lottery process and will ensure potential hosts receive timely notification of updates.

City Council approved regulations governing short-term residential occupancy (STRO) on February 23, 2021 and at a second reading on April 6, 2021.  The Mayor signed the PDF icon ordinance on April 14, 2021 and the 30-day referendum period began.  

The regulations require a license to operate a STRO unit, establish limits on the number of licenses a host may obtain, create reasonable caps on the total number of whole home STRO units, and create a licensing process in order to track, manage and enforce all aspects of the STRO.  Licenses will be required to operate a STRO in the City of San Diego beginning July 1, 2022.

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 and granny flats 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

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.