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. 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 early 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 early January 2023.

  1. EXISTING SHORT-TERM RENTAL LICENSE HOLDERS

*** Important Notice Existing Short-Term Rental License Holders ***

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. The new ordinance requires all existing STR licensees to renew their licenses by the end of December 2022. The goal of this renewal process to update owner and owner representative contact information, collect past due fees, and issue new licenses which will collectively expire on June 30, 2023. 

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


Step 1: Complete Applicable Online Application Form

Step 2: Pay your fees

Step 3: Receive and post updated STR license and Placard

Step 4: Update your online listings

Step 5: Stay current on TOT payments and be audit-ready

Step 6: Renew your STR License again during May-June 2023 or by June 30th