Oakland, CA

This page is only designed to give you an overview of the local requirements, but it is your duty to know and comply with the local laws. misterb&b is not a legal adviser : you should read carefully the relevant laws and contact a local adviser or the local authorities for further understanding.

 

Short-term rentals in City of Oakland’s Planning Code (Title 17)

The City of Oakland’s Planning Code (Title 17) does not include a Short-Term Rental activity category, but rentals may fit in one of these activity types :

  • Permanent Residential Activities (Section 17.10.110) : “Permanent Residential Activities include the occupancy of living accommodations on a weekly or longer basis, with none of the living units under the same ownership or management on the same lot being occupied on a shorter basis”.
  • Semi-Transient Residential Activities (Section 17.10.120):  “the occupancy of living accommodations partly on a weekly or longer basis and partly for a shorter time period, but with less than 30% of the living units under the same ownership or management on the same lot being occupied on a less-than-weekly basis”.
  • See also : Accessory Activities (Section 17.10.040), Bed and Breakfast Residential Activities (Section 17.10.125), Transient Habitation Commercial Activities (Section 17.10.440)

Each of this use may be permitted, conditionally permitted, and prohibited from a zoning district of another. Check this brochure for more information on the use permitted in the rental’s zone.

For more information about Short-Term Rental regulations in Oakland, visit this page on the official Oakland website. You can contact the Strategic Planning Division Project Manager of Short-Term Residential Rentals Regulations by calling at 510-238-6809 or emailing at lkaminski@oaklandnet.com.

 

Business Registration

All persons who conduct business in the City of Oakland (including business of operating a short-term rental) are required to obtain a Business Tax Certificate (or Business Licence). The registration fee is $88.00, which is due within 30 days of the business or rental start date.

For more information and to find a business tax application, visit the City of Oakland’s Finance and Management Agency’s Revenue webpage. You may find answers to your questions on this official FAQ about business tax.

You can call the Business Tax Office at (510) 238-3704.

 

Standards and requirements

Vacation rental units must also respect all the municipal regulations: we invite our Hosts to refer to the Oakland Planning Code and to the Oakland Code of Ordinances, especially, without limitations, Title 8 (Health and Safety) and Title 15 (Buildings and Construction).

Vacation rental units must also respect all State regulations, including without limitations California Building Code.

 

Transient Occupancy Tax

The City of Oakland levies a tax on every overnight stay of no longer than 30 consecutive days in tourist lodgings (see Chapter 4.24 of the Oakland Municipal Code). The rate of the tax is 14% of the rent charged, paid by Guests. Hosts must collect and remit TOT to the tax administrator.  For more information, read this brochure prepare the Finance and Management Agency’s Revenue.

 

For more information and to find a business tax application, visit City of Oakland’s the Finance and Management Agency’s Revenue webpage. You may find answers to your questions on this official FAQ about transient occupancy tax.