When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it is important for you to understand the laws in the City of El Segundo. As a platform and marketplace, we do not provide legal advice, but we want to give you some useful links and information that may help you get familiar with the new rules. If you have more questions after reviewing these resources, we recommend visiting City of El Segundo’s website, contacting City of El Segundo’s licensing agencies directly, and/or consulting a local lawyer or tax professional.
Anyone who hosts short-term stays (30 consecutive nights or less) in the City of El Segundo is required to obtain a Short-Term Home Share Permit from the City.
Long term stays, hotels and motels are exempt from registering as short-term rentals. If your listing is exempt, you don’t need to register, but you will still need to claim an exemption through Airbnb to keep hosting.
Step 1: Check your eligibility
Single family homes that are the primary residence of the owner are eligible for home sharing. Additionally, residential units that are the primary residence of the property owner on two-family and multi-family property are also eligible for short-term home sharing. Home sharing is not allowed in secondary residences.
If one or more of your properties are not eligible as a short-term rental, you can switch to long-term stay, which in the City of El Segundo is defined as 31 or more consecutive nights.
Step 2: Get a short-term home sharing rental permit and business license
Hosts must obtain a Short-Term Home Sharing Rental permit and Business License from the City which are applied for together. Host must also establish property ownership and primary residency. Additional details on supporting documents and insurance requirements can be found on the City’s website.
The Short-Term Home Sharing Rental Permit registration fee is $214 and the business license has a cost of $109.50. Permits will expire on December 31, 2022.
During the pilot program all applications must be submitted in person to the Business License counter at City Hall, located at 350 Main Street, El Segundo, CA, 90245 from Monday - Friday 7 AM - 4 PM. It is important to note that a Short-Term Home Share Permit and Business License will only be issued to the property owner after demonstrating the property is the property owner’s primary residence.
Step 3: Receive your permit number
After the city processes your application, you’ll receive your Short-Term Home Sharing Rental Permit via email. This process could take a few weeks.
Step 4: Add your permit number to your listing
Next, you’ll need to add your permit number to your Airbnb listing to your listing to finalize your registration with the city.
Need additional help?
Contact the Business License Division by email at email@example.com , or by phone at (310) 524-2300.