Posted on: August 24, 2017

Short Term Rentals


Short-term rentals are rentals for fewer than 30 days. Short-term rentals out of private homes have been growing in recent years with the growth of hosting platforms such as AirBnB, VRBO and Craigslist.

The Orinda City Council voted to approve Ordinance 17-04 regulating short-term rentals on August 15, 2017. The ordinance will return to City Council for a second reading and adoption on September 5, 2017, and will become effective 30 days after adoption on October 5, 2017. The ordinance provides for a new Section 17.3.12 in the Orinda Municipal Code, creating an annual short-term rental registration system with the following requirements:

  • Registration form must be submitted including contact information and other key information about the rental. The property owner must sign the registration form.
  • Short-term rentals are not eligible for Temporary Event Permits.
  • Maximum occupancy of two people per bedroom + three people.
  • Maximum of one short-term rental per property at any given time.
  • Short-term rental operators must get transient occupancy registration certificate and pay TOT.
  • Property owner must affirm that short-term rentals comply with all applicable building, fire, health and zoning codes.
  • Once there are 100 short-term rentals in Orinda, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider the effectiveness of the ordinance.
  • Twelve months after passage of the ordinance, staff must prepare a report for City Council regarding implementation.

Ordinance 17-04 also amends sections 17.2.3 (Definitions), 17.37.4 (Temporary Event Permit) and 3.12.020 (Uniform Transient Occupancy Tax) with changes associated with the new short-term rental registration system.

Click HERE to learn more, or plan to attend the Planning Department’s upcoming community workshop: 

WHAT: Community Workshop to Review New Short-Term Rental Registration Process per City Council Ordinance 17-04

WHERE: Sarge Littlehale Room, City Hall: 22 Orinda Way, Orinda CA 94563

WHEN: Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

WHY: Workshop attendees will learn how to register short-term rentals and will learn about the regulations that must be followed to comply with Ordinance 17-04 

WHO: Planning Department staff will present the registration requirements. Short-term rental hosts and other interested parties are encouraged to attend. 

Stay tuned for more information from the Planning Department!

Questions? Contact Senior Planner Daisy Allen at 925-253-4238 or dallen@cityoforinda.org

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