Short-Term Lodging

The new Short-Term Lodging (STL) Ordinance has been adopted by the City Council and certified by the California Coastal Commission. You can find the regulations in Chapter 25.23 of the Municipal Code. The primary changes to the regulations are as follows:

  • STL is no longer allowed in the residential districts (R-1, R-2, and R-3). Existing permitted STL units in the residential districts are legal nonconforming and may continue to operate. The use runs with the land as opposed to the owner.
  • STL is allowed in the LB/P, C-N, C-1, and CH-M zoning districts and within the CBD-1, CBD-2, CBD Central Bluffs, CBD Office, and CBD Visitor Commercial Districts of the Downtown Specific Plan subject to the approval of an Administrative Use Permit and SLV zoning district subject to the approval of a Conditional Use Permit. The biggest change for commercial districts is that STL is now allowed in the Downtown. Click here to view the map of the permitted zoning districts for STLs.
  • No more than 20% of the total number of units in commercial and mixed-use districts shall be converted to STLs, with a maximum number of 300 total units city-wide, including STLs approved prior to October 2020.
  • An additional 165 home-share units are permitted in single-family, duplex, and triplex dwelling units located within the permitted commercial and mixed-use districts. The use permit fee for home-share units is waived by the City.
  • Properties with five or fewer units may only convert a maximum of one unit into a short-term lodging. Properties with more more than five units may only convert a maximum of 20% of the total number of units into short-term lodgings.
  • All new STL permits are valid for three years after approval. The permit must be renewed every three years to continue operation.

Map of Permitted Zoning Districts

Approved Short-Term Lodgings (updated 9-30-20)

Short-Term Lodging TOT and BID Return