Short-Term Rentals


Short-Term Rental (STR) Documents

Oceanside Fireworks Policy

Short-Term Rental Application Process

Short-Term Rental Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Good Neighbor Policy

STR Ordinance

Primary Residence Affidavit

STR Primary Residence Affidavit - Tenant

Short-Term Rental Self-Inspection Guide

STR Notice Sign

Short-Term Rental Registration and Application

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.

All short-term rental properties are required to hold a valid Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) certificate. If you do not hold a valid TOT certificate please apply via the below link. You will be re-directed to our third-party application site MUNIRevs. Additional Transient Occupancy Tax information can be found HERE.  

Transient Occupancy Tax Application


In addition, effective November 1, 2019, 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. 

Hosted properties must submit a signed Affidavit.

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 $187. Fees are non-refundable.

Short-Term Rental Directory

Short-Term Rental Directory Directory of Short-Term Rental properties in Oceanside updated in real-time. 


Short-Term/TOT Map Viewer Map viewer of properties with Short-Term Rental Permit and/or Transient Occupancy Tax Certificate in Oceanside, updated monthly by the 20th.


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


To file a complaint regarding a short-term rental property, please call the 24/7 hotline at (760) 435-5460 or complete the online complaint form