Short-Term Rentals


Short-Term Rental (STR) Documents

Message from our City Manager regarding the operation of Short-Term Rentals during the COVID-19 Pandemic


STR Ordinance

Good Neighbor Policy

Primary Residence Affidavit

Short-Term Rental Self Inspection Guide

STR Notice Sign

Short-Term Rental Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a Short-Term Rental?

On June 19, 2019, the City Council adopted an ordinance establishing Short-Term Rental (STR) regulations.  A Short-Term Rental (STR) is defined as the rental of any legally permitted dwelling unit (or portion thereof) for occupancy for dwelling, lodging, or sleeping purposes for a period of no more than 30 consecutive days.  A STR does not include bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels or timeshares.


STRs are allowed throughout the City with the exception of mobile home parks and non-conforming panhandle lots.  A non-conforming panhandle lot is a lot that does not meet city standards set forth in Oceanside Zoning Ordinance Section 1050 (Y).  Please review the Zoning Ordinance for additional information.

If your property is rented out as a STR, please note there are new rules in place, effective November 1, 2019, and a STR permit may be required for your property. 

A STR permit is required for all STR properties unless:

  •  The unit is hosted (property owner or tenant remains onsite and offers a portion of the property for rent); or
  •  The unit is part of a gated HOA that contains at least 50 units, meets applicable parking requirements and has 24-hour security or on-site management. 

Under the provisions of the STR ordinance, if your STR property does not meet criteria (a) or (b) above you must obtain a STR permit. 

Short-Term Rental (STR) Application

The STR permit fee is $250 and must be renewed annually.  There is also an initial property inspection fee of $119. 

Short-Term Rental Directory

Short-Term Rental Directory


Short-Term/TOT Map Viewer


If you would like to visit the City's main Short-Term Rentals webpage, please click on the following link: