Short-Term Rental Registration


Property owners and/or operators who list properties or guest areas on properties in Orinda for a rental period of less than 30 days are required to register these short-term rentals with the City. Registration is required per City Council Ordinance 17-04. Hosts of existing short-term rentals have a grace period of 2 months to register. At their discretion, the City may pursue code enforcement on unregistered short-term rentals.
Registration Process:

Short-Term Rental property owners must pay a quarterly transient occupancy tax (TOT). The quarterly tax return form will be provided by the Finance Department upon issuance of a TOT registration certificate. You can apply for a Registration Certificate by filling out this application and submitting it the Finance Department.

The Transient Occupancy Tax Return, including tax remittance, is due quarterly, on the last day of the month following the quarter as scheduled below.

Quarter Period                                                                          Return/Remittance Due Date

January 1 to March 31                                                              April 30

April 1 to June 30                                                                     July 31

July 1 to September 30                                                            October 31

October 1 to December 31                                                       January 31

If the tax return is late, the penalty and interest section is provided to assist in the calculations.

Short-Term Rental Requirements (City Council Ordinance 17-04)

  • Registration is to be renewed on an annual basis.
  • Registration is non-transferable.
  • The rental unit can not be used for any use that would require a Temporary Event Permit
  • The maximum occupancy of any space used for Short-Term rental is two people per bedroom plus an additional three people, calculated based on the total number of bedrooms on the property.
  • Only one short-term rental can take place on a single property at any given time.
  • The property owner and operator (if applicable) are jointly responsible for ensuring the rental space complies with all local, state, and federal health and safety requirements.
  • The property owner and operator (if applicable) are jointly responsible for compliance with all City regulations, including those regarding noise, parking, and occupancy.
  • A local contact person must be available 24 hours a day to accept phone calls and respond in person within 30 minutes if code compliance issues arise.