Short-Term Rental Information

Basic Information

  • Carpinteria’s Short-Term Rental (STR) regulations went into effect July 1, 2017.
  • If your property is in a Residential Zone: A license is required to operate both kinds of STR (rentals of 30 days or fewer)
    • Vacation Rental-VR (owner off-site)
    • Home Stay-HS (owner on-site)
  • New VR licenses will be issued ONLY within the City’s Vacation Rental Overlay District (VROD); see map below.
  • The number of VR licenses available per year is limited by area; see map below.
  • If your property is in a Commercial Zone: Any BNB/AIRBNB/VRBO, etc. requires a permit. Call the City to learn more.

Forms and More Information

Key Deadlines

  • The deadline to RENEW an existing license is June 30 each year. There is no grace period.
  • The City accepts applications for NEW Vacation Rentals or Home Stays year-round.
  • TOT Remittance and Reporting forms for a single STR unit (or for multiple STR units) are due as follows:

TOT Reporting Quarters

TOT Remittance Due No Later Than

January 1 – March 31

April 30

April 1 – June 30

July 31

July 1 – September 30

October 31

October 1 – December 31

January 31

Vacation Rental Overlay Area Map