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One of the keys to success in the short term rental (STR) market is understanding the comprehensive STR or vacation rental regulations of the city or town where you plan to invest. Zoning restrictions, registration, permit or licensing requirements, and taxes vary widely. Search to see how your city or town may be affected.

STR Regulations

In April 2021, the City of San Diego, CA approved an ordinance for short term rental regulations. You must obtain a license to operate a short-term residential occupancy (STRO) unit. See the source website link below for more details.    

Zoning Restrictions

Yes, the ordinance places a cap on the total number of licenses issued for short term rentals to 1% of the city's total housing. In Mission Beach, an area popular with tourists and addressed with Tier 4 licenses, the cap is a more generous 30%.

Permit or License

Yes, the City of San Diego, CA will require a license to operate a vacation rental or short-term residential occupancy (STRO) unit beginning July 1, 2022. A host can have a maximum of only one license at a time within one of the 4 short term rental "Tiers". License Transfer? No. The STRO license is non-transferable. New owners must re-apply.

Short Term rental / Airbnb Regulations

For the most up-to-date information on short term rental regulations please click the links below to access the city website(s) and email address. Please notify us if there are any errors in the data.

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