Short-Term Rental Ordinance


On January 11, 2022, the City Council adopted amendments to the Lake Elsinore Municipal Code (LEMC) to regulate the Short-Term Rental use of properties within the City of Lake Elsinore.  The adopted regulations go into effect on February 24, 2022.

Short-term residential rentals (commonly known by the brand names Airbnb, Vrbo, and HomeAway) are typically single-family homes, condominiums or apartments where the owner offers overnight lodging for fewer than 30 days directly to the consumer through a third-party brokerage website. Rentals can vary from a single room in a unit occupied by the owner or a primary tenant, or the rental of a full unit or home occupied solely by the renters and their guests.

The amendments to Title 5 (Business Taxes, Licenses and Regulation) of the Lake Elsinore Municipal Code (LEMC) recognize and appropriately regulate the use of short-term rentals within the City.  There were also amendments to Title 17 (Zoning) related to short-term rentals. The following documents  LEMC revisions and a draft of a Good Neighbor Brochure that summarizes the general rules of conduct, consideration, and respect pertaining to the use and occupancy of short-term rental units.

Adopted Short-Term Rental Ordinance Amendments
Draft Good Neighbor Brochure 

You can apply for a Short Term Rental (STR) permit, pay your Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) payment, renew your STR permit or update your STR permit information from the following link:



If you require further information regarding the submittal of an application for a Short-Term Rental Business License please contact Joanne Jackson, Account Specialist II/Business License at or (951) 674-3124, ext. 302.