Requirements & Guidelines for Short-Term Rentals


  • All persons renting a residential unit for a term of 30 days or less are considered short-term rental operators, and are therefore required to register with the City within 30 days of commencing business by obtaining a business license and transient occupancy registration certificate.
    • Chapter 5.08 of the YLMC governs the issuance of business licenses to businesses operating in the City, when they have met the appropriate zoning and legal requirements to do business at their given location.
  • Chapter 3.28 of the YLMC requires all short-term rental operators within the City to remit a 10% Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) to the City on a quarterly basis. This TOT is equal to 10% of rental revenue charged to the short-term rental guests. It is illegal to operate a short-term rental within the City without collecting and remitting TOT.
  • Failure to comply with the City's requirements will result in enforcement action including legal actions to collect any amounts due as well as stopping your illegal business from operating within the City, as well as potential criminal penalties.


  • Renting a home as an event facility to host events such as weddings, corporate events, and birthday parties in residential zoned properties is strictly prohibited in the City of Yorba Linda. Chapter 18.10.080 of the YLMC prohibits "events facilities" as an allowable land use within all residential zone districts. Any such "facility" operating from a residential property is subject to code enforcement and law enforcement action.
  • Short-term rentals are not permitted in an accessory dwelling unit structure.
  • Rental operators and vacation renters shall use best efforts to ensure that the occupants and/or guests of the short-term rental unit do not create unreasonable noise or disturbances per Chapter 8.32 of the YLMC, engage in disorderly conduct, or violate provisions of this code or any State Law pertaining to noise, disorderly conduct, the consumption of alcohol, or the use of illegal drugs.
  • Rental operators and vacation renters shall use best efforts to ensure compliance with all solid waste collection and disposal provisions of Chapter 8.20 of the YLMC.
  • Rental operators shall inform renters of maximum number of overnight occupants and the maximum number of daytime occupants permitted to stay at the short-term rental.
  • Rental operators and vacation renters shall review the Good Neighbor Brochure (PDF), which establishes guidelines for operators and renters and denotes the appropriate operational practice. The rental operator shall also display this brochure in a prominent area within the short-term rental unit to inform renters of the appropriate tenant behavior.