Short-Term Rental Requirements
Effective July 1, 2021
The City of San Mateo adopted short-term rental regulations (Chapter 5.66) on February 1, 2021 to regulate short-term rentals and mitigate their impacts on surrounding neighborhoods. The City hired a consultant, HdL Companies, to administer the short-term rental program on behalf of the City.
The short-term rental regulations requires anyone interested in operating a short-term rental at their property to apply to for a short-term rental registration permit, obtain a business license, complete a transient occupancy tax certification form, and follow operating standards to ensure compliance with the Municipal Code.
Steps to obtain and maintain a Short-Term Rental Permit:
- Apply for a Business License
- Submit a Short-Term Rental permit application by using the online portal
- Comply with all operating standards listed below
- Pay the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) on an ongoing basis
Annual Short-Term Rental Permit and Fee:
The annual Short-Term Rental Permit Fee is $250 per year and is due July 1st each year.
All short-term rentals within the City of San Mateo are expected to follow the regulations listed below. Failure to follow these standards may result in the revocation of the short-term rental permit and potentially administrative citations and related fines.
- Short-Term Rentals may only occur within legal dwelling units, such as a single-family dwelling, part of a single-family dwelling, multi-family unit, condo. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) cannot be used for short-term rentals and cannot apply for a short-term rental permit.
- Provide a local contact person who is available respond within 60 minutes to neighborhood issues or complaints.
- Properties cannot be rented for more than 120 days a year when hosts are not present on-site.
- Parties or other special events on the property are prohibited.
- Properties with three or fewer bedrooms must provide at least one off-street parking space. Properties with four or more bedrooms must provide at least two off-street parking spaces.
- Occupancy is limited to two people per bedroom or ten people per property, whichever is less.
Short-Term Rental Resources:
- Short-Term Rental Application Portal
- Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT)
- Business License application
- Short-Term Rental Regulations
- Short-Term Rental Program FAQs
- Letter to Short-Term Rental Operators (May 2021)
To report complaints, issues or concerns about short-term rentals, please contact the Code Enforcement Hotline at (650) 522-7150. For noise disturbances please contact the Police Department at (650) 522-7700 (24 hours, non-emergency).
Permit Information Contact:
Questions on short-term rental permit application or Transient Occupancy Tax? Please contact the City’s short-term rental consultant, HdL Companies, by telephone or email.
Telephone Number: (650) 443-9056
Email Address: sanmateoTOT@hdlgov.com