Short-Term Rentals

WHAT IS A SHORT-TERM RENTAL?

A short-term rental is a dwelling unit rented out to occupants for fewer than 31 consecutive days.

AM I ALLOWED TO OPERATE A SHORT-TERM RENTAL?

Short-term rentals are prohibited in all residential zones. As outlined in City of Irvine Zoning Section 3-25-3.A, “no responsible party shall operate or allow the operation of a short-term rental in any residential zoning district within the City.”

AM I ALLOWED TO ADVERTISE A SHORT-TERM RENTAL?

It is a violation of the City of Irvine Zoning Ordinance to post, publish, circulate, or maintain any advertisement of a short-term rental. This includes listing the short-term rental on booking websites like Airbnb, Homeaway, and VRBO.

As noted in City of Irvine Zoning Section 3-25-3.B, “no responsible party shall post, publish, circulate, broadcast or maintain any advertisement of a short-term rental prohibited in any residential zoning district within the City.”

WHAT STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN TO ENFORCE SHORT-TERM RENTAL REQUIREMENTS?

The City of Irvine is working with Host Compliance, a leading technology company specializing in monitoring and enforcement solutions, to help identify short-term rentals operating illegally in local neighborhoods.

If you believe a short-term rental is operating in your neighborhood, please contact the Short-Term Rental Hotline at 949-269-3600. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. You may also submit a complaint online by following this link.

Your Homeowner’s Association, through your Covenants, Conditions, & Restrictions (CC&Rs), may also be a resource available to enforce short-term rentals.

WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR OPERATING A SHORT-TERM RENTAL?

Escalating administrative fines between $100 and $500 may be issued each day a short-term rental violation continues. A Responsible Party who violates or fails to comply with short-term rental requirements may also be guilty of a misdemeanor.

I RECEIVED A COURTESY NOTICE LETTER. WHAT ARE MY NEXT STEPS?

If you received a Courtesy Notice, City records show that your property is operating as a short-term rental.

To avoid potential financial penalties, immediately cease and desist operation of all short-term rental activities and remove your property from online listings.

Should you have further questions, please contact City of Irvine Code Enforcement staff at 949-724-6326.

HOW DO I REPORT A POTENTIAL SHORT-TERM RENTAL VIOLATION?

If you believe a short-term rental is operating in your neighborhood, please contact the Short-Term Rental Hotline at 949-269-3600. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

You may also submit a complaint online by following this link.