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Vacation Rentals

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, short term vacation rentals, home shares and other lodging facilities such as hotels/motels are deemed non-essential by the California Governor and should not be in operation. The only exceptions are:

  • To provide COVID-19 mitigation/containment measures including housing of displaced persons or the homeless
  • As housing for essential, critical infrastructure workers
  • For the property owners and his/her immediate family members

Notice to STVR owner/manager

Illegal rental activity of short term vacation rentals may be reported and/or any questions be directed to STVR@carlsbadca.gov or by calling 760-434-5978.

The City of Carlsbad has entered into an agreement with Vrbo/Homeaway to collect and remit TOT and CTBID assessments on short term vacation rentals booked on their platforms.  This is similar to the agreement we  have with Airbnb.  The agreement goes into effect February 1, 2020.  Any rentals booked through the month of January 2020, the taxes will need to be remitted to the City by the vacation rental owner. For rentals booked on Vrbo/Homeaway after February 1, 2020, Vrbo/Homeaway will be collecting and remitting the taxes to the City on the vacation rental owners behalf.

New rules for short-term vacation rentals went into effect Feb. 23, 2016, banning them except in the "coastal zone" and the La Costa Condominium Owners Association, known as the “La Costa Chateaus” at 2003 and 2005 Costa Del Mar.

The Carlsbad City Council received an update on short-term vacation rentals at its April 25, 2017 meeting. Watch the meeting.