Long Beach, CA
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File #: 20-0074    Version: 1 Name: DS - Short-Term Rentals
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 12/31/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: 1/21/2020 Final action: 1/21/2020
Title: Recommendation to declare ordinance amending Title 5, Regulation of Businesses, Trades and Professions of the Long Beach Municipal Code, by adding Chapter 5.77, related to short-term rentals, read the first time and laid over to the next regular meeting of the City Council for final reading;
Attachments: 1. 012120-R-23sr&att.pdf, 2. 012120-R-23 PowerPoint.pdf, 3. 012120-H-23 Corresp.A.Anderson.pdf, 4. 012120-H-23 Corresp.G.Anderson.pdf, 5. 012120-H-23 Corresp.Cotton.pdf, 6. 012120-H-23 Corresp.Sundstrom.pdf
TITLE
Recommendation to declare ordinance amending Title 5, Regulation of Businesses, Trades and Professions of the Long Beach Municipal Code, by adding Chapter 5.77, related to short-term rentals, read the first time and laid over to the next regular meeting of the City Council for final reading;

DISCUSSION
At its meeting on December 4, 2018, the City Council received and filed a report on short-term rental (STR) properties in Long Beach, and directed the City Attorney to prepare an Ordinance to implement STR regulations, presented as Option 2 (Limited STRs), as modified during the discussion. In its motion, the City Council directed staff to conduct additional research in specific STR policy areas and provide recommendations to the City Council. The additional research and information was provided to the City Council via memorandum on June 14, 2019 (Attachment A). As part of this effort, staff from the Development Services Department and the City Attorney’s Office reached out to third-party compliance platforms and other municipalities that have implemented STR regulation. The attached Ordinance incorporates findings based upon the additional information that was collected.

Components of the Limited STRs option that have been revised from their original form are as follows:

a) Permanent Long Beach residency will not be required to operate a STR.

b) The number of non-primary STRs in multi-family buildings will be restricted based on a sliding scale.

c) Large scale events will be allowed on a limited basis via a new STR Occasional Event Permit.

d) The first violation for advertising a STR without a valid registration will result in a warning, instead of a fine.

e) A business license will not be required to operate a STR.

On October 21, 2019, the City Council received a report titled Short-Term Rental Program Phased Implementation, which provided updated information on the City Council’s direction to carry-out a phased implementation of the STR program (...

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