Short-Term Rental Program

*** IMPORANT PROGRAM UPDATE ***

On November 17, 2022, the City of Seaside City Council approved substantial changes to the Short-Term Rental Program affecting both existing Short-term Rental License holders and new applicants. A summary of these changes can be found here. Please read the information below carefully to understand these new regulations and requirements.

Owners of Short-Term Rentals (STRs), also known as Vacation Rentals, are required to obtain a Short-Term Rental License per Chapter 17.52.251 of the Seaside Municipal Code. This code apply to all properties (including rooms and guest houses whether or not detached) rented for 30 or fewer consecutive days. Before considering hosting short-term rentals, please read the information below carefully to determine your eligibility and the type of license you should be applying for.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Haroon Noori
Administrative Analyst
(831) 899-6726 hnoori@ci.seaside.ca.us

  1. NEW / FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS

*** Important Notice First-Time Applicants ***

The City of Seaside is currently not accepting new applications for either type of the STR license. Please fill out this  form to be added to the interest list which will be used to notify everyone who signs up using this form regarding new application window. The City anticipates opening the new application window in mid January 2023 after all existing licenses have been renewed.


The City administers two types of Short-term Rental licenses: hosted and non-hosted STR licenses. Hosted STR licenses are intended for owner-occupied rentals of a portion of a dwelling (i.e. primarily room rentals) and non-hosted STR licenses are intended for non-owner occupied entire dwelling unit rentals. Each type of license is subject to a discrete set of requirements including an initial application, annual renewal, property inspection, and payment of associated fees. Please read the information below to determine your eligibility for each type of license along with the application requirements.

Hosted Short-Term Rental License

A Hosted STR License allows a homeowner to rent out a habitable portion (i.e. rooms) of their main dwelling unit/house while the homeowner occupies the STR property as their principle residence. Hosted STR Licenses are not subject to any cap or density limits. Additionally, Hosted STR Licenses do not authorize the use of affordable housing units and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU's) to be used for hosted Short-Term Rentals.

The application form and process will be made available on this page in January 2023. 

Non-Hosted Short-Term Rental License

A Non-Hosted STR License allows non-owner occupied entire home rentals. Non-Hosted STR Licenses are subject to following limits:

  1. License Cap: Non-Hosted STR Licenses are limited to 90 City-wide.
  2. Density Limits: Non-Hosted STR licenses are subject to a one-per-parcel and 55' zone of exclusion limits. The zone of exclusion is the distance of fifty-five (55) lineal feet from an existing STR parcel boundary. Please contact program staff to determine eligibility of your property based on these limits.
  3. Occupancy Limits: Two adults (aged 18 or older) per bedroom plus one additional adult per site, up to a maximum of
    9 adults for homes with 4+ bedrooms.
  4. Vehicle Limits: Maximum number of vehicles allowed at a Short-term Rental (both on- and off-street) cannot exceed the total number of bedrooms included in the rental.

The application form and process will be made available on this page in January 2023. 

  1. EXISTING SHORT-TERM RENTAL LICENSE HOLDERS

On November 17, 2022, the Seaside City Council approved significant changes to the Short-Term Rental regulations affecting both existing and prospective Short-Term Rental (STR) License holders. A summary of these changes can be found here.

As an existing STR license holder, you are required to take immediate action as outlined below to be in compliance with these new regulations.

STEP 1: RENEW YOUR LICENSE BY JANUARY 31, 2023:

Submit your STR license renewal application using one of the following links (as applicable to your STR license type). Only a single application can be submitted per each STR license. Failure to renew your license by 1/31/2023 will result in license cancellation. 

Hosted STR License Renewal Application
Non-Hosted STR License Renewal Application

 https://form.jotform.com/223309152485152

 https://form.jotform.com/223307161181042

 STEP 2: PAY FEES AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE INVOICE

Once your application is received and reviewed for completeness, City staff will assess fees based on most recent payments received by the City. Fees will include past due fees as well as prorated fee amounts for the remainder of the current fiscal year ending in June 30, 2023. You will receive an email with an invoice and link to pay online. Once invoices are generated, payments can be made through the City's Short-Term Rental Online portal.

STEP 3: RECEIVE AND POST UPDATED STR LICENSE AND PLACARD

Once your payment is received, the City will issue a new and updated STR license and a Placard. You will need to replace your old STR license with the new one and post the Placard at the front entrance.

STEP 4: UPDATE YOUR ONLINE LISTINGS

Once you receive your STR license, you must immediately update your online listing(s) to reflect the same occupancy and vehicle limits as approved by the City on your STR license.

STEP 5: STAY CURRENT ON TOT PAYMENTS AND BE AUDIT-READY

The City will be conducting a thorough audit of STR's as part of next renewal period which will take place in May-June 2023. The City will also be enforcing the grounds for non-renewal. So, to be ready for your 2023 STR License renewal, be sure to review the grounds for non-renewal, stay current on TOT payments, have sufficient documented stays, and most importantly have no record of any complaints against the STR.

STEP 6: 2023 STR LICENSE RENEWALS AND PROPERTY INSPECTIONS:

The City will send out renewal notices at the end of April 2023 regarding FY23/24 STR License renewals. The notices will outline specific actions you will need to take to successfully renew your STR license. As part of the 2023 renewal process, all existing STR owners will be required to have property inspections conducted by third-party licensed general contractors or certified home inspectors. The contractor or inspector must use a City-provided form.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and partnership with the City of Seaside.