Palm Springs, CA

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


Definition of Vacation Rental

A Vacation Rental is defined by Chapter 5.25 of the Palm Springs Municipal Code as “one or more residential dwellings, including either a single-family detached or multiple- family attached unit, or any portion of such a dwelling, rented for occupancy for dwelling, lodging, or sleeping purposes for a period of 28 consecutive days or less.”



Chapter 5.25 requires all Vacation Rentals to apply for a Vacation Rental Registration Certificate (one-year validity). Vacations Rentals are also considered a business in Palm Springs, so it is necessary to apply for the Business Licence and pay the due Business Tax.

It is also necessary, to operate a short-term rentals, to apply for a Riverside County Short Term Rental Application.


Standard conditions

Section 5.25.070 of Palm Springs Municipal Code sets a certain number of requirements and standards conditions. We highly encourage our Hosts to refer to it. It includes, inter alia, to avoid noise disturbances from the Vacation Rental and to provide Guests with a telephone number allowing them to join the Host or a local person 24/7. The Vacation Rental Registration Certificate, a copy of Section 5.25.070 of Palm Springs Municipal Code and the Good Neighbor Brochure should be displayed in the unit. 

Hosts may also refer to ordinance 927 of Riverside County to understand the short-term rental requirements imposed by the County.


Transient Occupancy Tax

Palm Springs City assesses a Transient Occupancy Tax on the rent paid by the Guest. Hosts must apply for a TOT permit to be able to collect it and remit it to the City. 

The Riverside County also assesses a Transient Occupancy Tax on short-term rentals : collect and remittance of this requires to obtain a prior TOT certificate. For more information, see this page on the Riverside County Treasurer website. 


For further informations about short-term rentals, visit this Vacation Rental portal on the official Palm Springs City website and this Short-Term Rental portal on the official Riverside County website.