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Short Term Rentals

Short Term Rentals

Overview

In December, 2015 the Fullerton City Council authorized the Planning Department to research and develop code language related to Short-Term Rentals.  

The short-term rental market has experienced a substantial growth over the last few years due in part to the launch of online hosting platforms such as AirBnB, Homeaway, VRBO and others.  While the growth in short-term rentals has further diversified lodging options and created a revenue opportunity for homeowners looking to rent extra rooms, these rentals have also caused negative impacts, particularly in single-family neighborhoods.  

Current Regulations / Enforcement

The City currently has regulations for boarding houses, as well as bed and breakfast inns which are both restricted in single-family (R-1) zones.  However, short-term rentals are not clearly defined and the Municipal Code does not prohibit people from renting out rooms in their homes, even in R-1 zones, provided not more than (3) rooms are rented.  

Code Enforcement actively monitors listings on short-term rental websites and responds to complaints received.  While the most common outcome of a complaint is that the property is removed from the short-term rental listing website, the amendments proposed to the Municipal Code will look to take a more proactive approach to regulation and enforcement.  

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission reviewed this item at its meeting on July 27, 2016.  Staff report and Resolution for this meeting are below:

City Council

The City Council reviewed this item at its meeting on September 20, 2016.  At this meeting the City Council continued this item to a Study Session on February 21, 2017.  

Community Meeting

A Community meeting in February, 2016 to receive feedback about potential short-term rental regulations.  The (17) community members that attended the meeting participated in a workshop which allowed each attendee to move from station to station and provide feedback on various topics related to short-term vacation rentals.  In total, 102 comments were received on each of the issues.  Click on the topic areas are listed in the documents section below to see the responses provided. 

Contact Us

For more information, or to request to be notified of future public outreach events, please contact Matt Foulkes, Senior Planner at: MattF@CityofFullerton.com.