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Short-Term Rental Registration and Taxes

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Beginning September 1, 2017, Berkeley residents who host short-term rentals must begin submitting a 12% Transient Occupancy Tax.

In addition to the 12% tax, hosts must pay a 2% enforcement fee and a $220.00 non-refundable application fee.

If you currently host short-term rentals, you must register with the City by January 15, 2018. Regardless of when the registration is completed, you are still responsible for the tax on all rentals beginning September 1st.

 

 

Register online by clicking the link below:

https://aca.cityofberkeley.info/str/Welcome.aspx

Get help registering your Short-Term Rental

The City will hold eight "how to" sessions to help potential STR Hosts with the applications process.  City staff will be available to assist attendees with the on-line STR application and payment process.  The sessions will be held in the City's Computer Training Room (1947 Center Street) at the following dates/times:

  • Session 1: Tuesday, October 31st, 10:00AM - Noon
  • Session 2: Tuesday, November 7th, 5:00PM - 7:00PM
  • Session 3: Tuesday, November 14th,10:00AM - Noon
  • Session 4: Tuesday, November 21st, 10:00AM - Noon
  • Session 5: Tuesday, November 28th, 10:00AM - Noon
  • Session 6: Thursday, November 30th, 5:00PM - 7:00PM
  • Session 7: Tuesday, December 5th, 10:00AM - Noon
  • Session 8: Thursday, December 14th, 5:00PM - 7:00PM

To sign-up for a 30-minute tutorial during one of these sessions, please email revdev@cityofberkely.info, or call 510-981-7318. 

To get more information about these sessions and what to bring, please read this flyer.

What is a short-term rental?

The short-term rental tax, registration, eligibility requirements apply to anyone renting out all or part of their home for less than 14 consecutive days. This covers units rented through hosting platforms such as Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO, etc., as well as informal rentals.

Is my unit eligible?

To use a unit as a short-term rental, it must be:

  • your primary residence
  • approved for this purpose by the property owner (you or your landlord)
  • covered by liability insurance of $1,000,000
  • located in one of the following zones: R-1, R-1A, R-2, R-2A, R-3, R-4, R-5, R-S, R-SMU, C-DMU, C-1, C-NS, C-SA, C-T, C-W, MUR - Including any of these zones with an H overlay (use our parcel information lookup tool to learn what zone you are in)

You cannot use a unit as a short-term rental if it:

  • is a Below Market Rate unit
  • has had a no-fault eviction within the last five years
  • is an accessory dwelling unit that:
    • was built after April 1, 2017
    • has been used as a long term rental since April 1, 2007
     

How to Register

To register your short-term rental, fill out the online application and pay the non-refundable $220.00 application fee.

You may also schedule an appointment to submit your application in person at the Permit Service Center Zoning Counter: call the Planning Department at 510-981-7410.

What you'll need

Make sure you have these documents ready before you apply.

  1. Proof of ownership or property owner approval:
  2. Three proof of residency documents:
    • California driver's license or ID
    • credit card bill
    • property tax bill
    • voter registration
    • bank statement
    • utility bill

If you are renting out an accessory dwelling unit, you'll also need to provide a copy of your deed restriction demonstrating the unit is legal.

Paying your Taxes

You can file your returns and pay your taxes online through our secure vendor. The short term rental tax must be submitted monthly.

Requirements for Hosts

Once your application is approved, you will receive a zoning certificate that allows you to use your home for short-term rentals. You must list your zoning certificate number on all advertisements for your rental.

Additionally, you must:

  • Remit the 12% Transient Occupancy Tax and pay the 2% enforcement fee monthly
  • Notify residents of all adjacent properties that you are leasing your home as a short term rental
  • Provide all guests with a copy of this letter on both booking and arrival

If you are not present while guests are there, you may only rent out your home as a short-term rental for 90 days each calendar year.

Questions?

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions about Short-Term Rentals for more information.

For complaints about unpermitted short-term rentals or nuisance problems, contact:

  • 24 hour STR Compliance Line
  • (833) 300-0787

For questions regarding unit eligibility or the application process, contact:

  • Planning Department Land Use Division
  • E-mail: str@cityofberkeley.info
  • Phone: (510) 981-7410

For questions regarding taxes and fees, contact:

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