When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it's important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to provide some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in Orinda. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. We’ll continue to update this information as more becomes available. If you have questions, contact Orinda’s Planning Department at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (925) 253-4210 or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
Based on Ordinance 17.3.12, hosts are required to register with the city and post their permit number on their listing, or claim a valid reason for exemption, in order to comply with the ordinance.
Listings without a permit number or exemption posted will be blocked from hosting short-term stays (less than 30 consecutive days) in Orinda.
You can learn more about what’s required for your listing in the sections below.
For additional questions about what’s required to host in Orinda, visit the City of Orinda’s FAQ page.
Short term rental
If you host a short term rental (less than 30 consecutive days), you’ll need to register your listing with Orinda. You can do this on the city’s website or by mail to the Planning Department.
To register, you’ll need to provide the following:
- Completed Short-term Rental Registration form.
- Registration Fee
- Transient Occupancy Tax fee.
Long term rental & hotels/motels
If you host a long term rental, hotel, motel, or otherwise exempt property as per the City of Orinda, your listing is exempt from registration, but you’ll still need to claim an exemption through Airbnb to comply. This is free of cost.
Renewing your registration
Your registration is valid for one year from the date that your permit number was issued and must be renewed annually.
Taxes and fees
Orinda imposes a $254 Registration fee, renewal fee of $152, and a Transient Occupancy Tax fee. For more information about Orinda’s transient occupancy tax, visit the Transient Occupancy Tax FAQ page.
Our commitment to your community
We are committed to working with local officials to help them understand how Airbnb benefits our community. Where needed, we will continue to advocate for changes that will allow regular people to rent out their own homes.