Posted on: August 24, 2017

Short Term Rentals


The Orinda City Council recently passed an ordinance approving Orinda Municipal Code Section 17.3.12, which creates a short-term rental registration system with the following requirements:

  • Registration form must be submitted including contact information and other key information about the rental. The property owner must sign the form.
  • Short-term rentals are not eligible for Temporary Event Permits.
  • Maximum occupancy of two people per bedroom + three people.
  • Maximum of one short-term rental per property at any given time.
  • Short-term rental operators must get a transient occupancy registration certificate.
  • Short-term rental operators must report revenue quarterly and must pay a transient occupancy tax (TOT) equal to 8.5% of revenue. AirBnb collects TOT and pays the City quarterly; hosts that use other short-term rental platforms must pay the City directly along with their quarterly reports. Failure to pay TOT within 30 days of the end of a quarter will result in a late fee equal to 10% of the TOT plus interest; further non-payment will result in an additional late fee equal to 10% of the TOT plus interest. An operator may challenge the City's TOT assessment via a public hearing.

Property owner must affirm that short-term rentals comply with all applicable building, fire, health and zoning codes.

The registration fee is $100 and must be renewed annually along with a renewal fee of $50. The City Council will reconsider the ordinance in October 2018, after one year of implementation.

Property owners who are currently operating short-term rentals have a two month grace period to register existing rentals (October 5 - December 5). After December 5, the City has the authority to pursue code enforcement on unregistered short-term rentals.

AirBnb, the most common short-term rental online hosting platform, has partnered with the City's Finance Department to collect transient occupancy tax as an integrated service on their host platform and will pass this revenue on to the City. This means that hosts using the AirBnb platform will not have to separately pay this tax to the city.

Ready to register your short-term rental?

Visit the Planning Department website to

download the short-term rental and

TOT registration forms HERE,

or pick up the forms in person at the

Planning Department counter on the lower level of City Hall (22 Orinda Way).

Registration can be completed via mail or in person during the

Planning Department's counter hours: Monday - Thursday, 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Comments or questions about the new short-term rental ordinance?

Please contact Daisy Allen, Senior Planner,

at 925-253-4238 or dallen@cityoforinda.org

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