REDWOOD CITY: New Short-Term Rental Restrictions & Taxes

The Redwood City Council adopted new regulations for short term rentals in Redwood City. Transient Occupancy Tax funds received from short term rentals to support affordable housing programs and administration. 


  • Primary Residence.  A primary residence is a dwelling unit where a person has been physically present and that the person regards as home  A person may only have one primary residence at any given time.
  • Annual Limit for Unhosted Rentals. A primary residence may be occupied as a short-term rental for no more than 120 days per calendar year where no host is present. 
  • No Limit for Hosted Rentals. There shall be no limit on the number of days a primary residence may be occupied as a short-term rental where the host is present. 
  • Local Contact Person. Hosts shall identify a local contact person to be available during the term of an unhosted stay. This person shall respond to complaints. 
  • Parking. Existing on-site spaces shall be made available to short-term renters. 
  • Special Events. Special events such as weddings and corporate retreats are prohibited. 
  • Registration. Registration and payment of Transient Occupancy Tax are required. 


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