Last updated: 4/17/18
Airbnb recently announced that it would implement a new listing protocol in Santa Monica that makes it easier for hosts to comply with the applicable short-term rental laws.
Airbnb hosts in Santa Monica can add an existing registration number, or claim an exemption, directly from the Airbnb website.
The following article provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding the listing protocol and implementation process.
What is the current law in Santa Monica regarding short-term rentals?
Before you can rent out your home to paying guests, you must obtain a business license from the City of Santa Monica. Santa Monica law allows you to host your primary residence for 30 days or less at a time as long as you (or another primary resident) is present. You can learn more details about these requirements in the short-term rental section of the City of Santa Monica’s Planning and Community Development website.
What is registration?
Registration is the process by which a host enters their license number obtained from the City on their Airbnb listing, or claim that they are exempt from registering.
Who needs to register?
Under existing law, anyone in the City of Santa Monica listing a residential property for short-term rent (less than 31 nights at a time) on a hosting platform like Airbnb must register.
What if I’m listing a licensed hotel or bed and breakfast?
If you are listing a licensed hotel or bed and breakfast, you do not need to register, but you can claim an exemption by following the steps below. Please note that your exemption reason and listing ID will be shared with the City of Santa Monica to confirm that the information is accurate and in compliance with legal requirements.
How do I add a licence number to my listing?
Here are the steps to register for a new license, add an existing license, or claim an exemption:
- Go to Your Listings on airbnb.com
- Click your listing in Santa Monica
- Click Registration at the top of the page
- Follow the instructions to register, enter an existing number, or claim an exemption, then click Submit
- Repeat this process for all your listings in Santa Monica
What if I've already registered?
If you’ve already registered, follow the steps outlined above in "How do I add a license number to my listing?"
What if I'm exempt from registering?
To claim an exemption, follow the steps outlined above in "How do I add a license number to my listing?"
How much does it cost to register?
The registration process itself is free.
How often do I need to renew my registration?
There is no need to renew your registration.
What information will I be required to submit as part of my registration with the City of Santa Monica?
You must provide personal information about yourself, information regarding the space you are sharing, and proof of residency.
You can find the online application, along with additional information, on the City of Santa Monica's Finance Department website.