Short-Term Rental Registration


Beginning October 5, 2017, property owners and/or operators who list properties or guest areas on properties in Orinda for a rental period of less than 30 days are required to register these short-term rentals with the City. Registration is required per City Council Ordinance 17-04. Hosts of existing short-term rentals have a grace period of 2 months to register. After December 5, 2017, the City may pursue code enforcement on unregistered short-term rentals.
Registration Process:

  • Complete the Short-Term Rental Registration form.
  • Complete the supplemental Tax Registration Certificate Application form.
  • Submit both documents to the Planning Department along with payment of $100. Registration can be completed via mail or in person during Planning Department permit counter hours: Monday - Thursday 1:00 - 4:30 PM
  • Registration is valid for one year and must be renewed annually along with a renewal fee of $50.
Short-Term Rental property owners must pay a quarterly transient occupancy tax (TOT). The quarterly tax return form will be provided by the Finance Department upon issuance of a TOT registration certificate. For more information on the supplemental Transient Occupancy Tax, click here.

Short-Term Rental Requirements (City Council Ordinance 17-04)

  • Registration is to be renewed on an annual basis.
  • Registration is non-transferable.
  • The rental unit can not be used for any use that would require a Temporary Event Permit
  • The maximum occupancy of any space used for Short-Term rental is two people per bedroom plus an additional three people, calculated based on the total number of bedrooms on the property.
  • Only one short-term rental can take place on a single property at any given time.
  • The property owner and operator (if applicable) are jointly responsible for ensuring the rental space complies with all local, state, and federal health and safety requirements.
  • The property owner and operator (if applicable) are jointly responsible for compliance with all City regulations, including those regarding noise, parking, and occupancy.
  • A local contact person must be available 24 hours a day to accept phone calls and respond in person within 30 minutes if code compliance issues arise.