Short Term Rentals in the City of Irvine

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    In the City of Irvine, a short term rental is a residential unit rented out to occupants for fewer than 31 consecutive days. The City of Irvine Zoning Ordinance (Section 3-25-3.A) prohibits short term rentals in all residential zones. Therefore no property owners or agents may conduct or permit the operation of a STR in any residential zoning district within the City.

    The City of Irvine is collaborating with Host Compliance to help uncover illegal short term rentals in the area. Host Compliance is a leading technology company that specializes in enforcement and monitoring solutions.

    Residents can call the Short Term Rental Hotline at 949-269-3600 if they feel a short term rental is operating in their community. They can also file a complaint online on the Host Compliance Website.

    The Homeowner’s Association may also be a resource available to enforce short term rentals through Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs).


    Short Term Rental Advertisement 

    The City of Irvine Zoning Ordinance (Section 3-25-3.B) prohibits the advertisement of short term rentals. Hence any advertisement of an STR posted, published or circulated violates the Zoning Ordinance and is illegal. 

    This involves using booking services like Airbnb, Homeaway, and VRBO to advertise the short term rental. 



    Each day a short term rental violation continues, escalating administrative fines of $100 to $500 may be imposed. In fact, the City will charge a misdemeanor against the property owner or agent who violates or fails to comply with the Ordinance. 


    Other Regulations

    As a responsible resident, you must comprehend and abide by other regulations that bind you. These include leases, community rules, HOA rules, or other guidelines set up by tenant associations. Feel free to reach out to your landlord, housing authority, or community council to find out more. To get more information about other regulations, you can also visit Irvine’s official website or contact us.