Newport Beach Gives Go-Ahead to Resume Short-Term Rentals
Green Homes = Active Short-Term Lodging
Orange Area = Subject to Zoning Compliance
Active Short Term Lodging Permits Total: 1,529 (As of 5/18/20)
Vacationers who want a beach-side getaway in Newport Beach can resume home rentals starting May 20th.
The City Council voted to lift a ban on short-term rentals starting on May 20, with a restriction that renters must stay for at least three nights.
The three-night minimum requirement will lift when the emergency order is rescinded, according to the city announcement.
The city on April 3 put a pause on the rentals as a way to curb the influx of visitors coming in from elsewhere while stay-at-home orders were in place.
The response to the shutdown for vacation rentals was mixed. Some worried out-of-towners were flocking to town for beach vacations during the pandemic and keeping distance in tight areas with no yards like the Balboa Peninsula was tough.
Short-term operators argued their revenue and income would suffer even further, adding to economic downfalls already suffered through cancellations.
City Hall has registered 1,529 active permits for short-term rentals – defined by the city as a lodging unit occupied for less than 30 consecutive days.
Violations of the 3-night minimum requirement will result in a fine of $1,000 for a first violation, a 1-year permit suspension for a second violation, and revocation upon a third violation.
In a separate action, the Council maintained a full prohibition of short-term rentals on Newport Island, citing a high degree of parking impacts on the community.
City of Newport Beach
Laylan Connelly | Orange County Register