The Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), commonly known as a “hotel tax” or “bed tax”, is charged to transient guests in hotels/motels, including properties rented through home-sharing services like Airbnb.
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A Short-Term Rental is a rental of a legally permitted dwelling for periods of 30 consecutive days or less, counting portions of the calendar as full days. The rental can be the entire home or limited to one or more rooms.
Regulating Short Term Rental properties is critical for public health and safety.
Pursuant to Inglewood Municipal Code Section 8 -137:
Inglewood residential property owners, who also reside in the city of Inglewood, can operate a Short Term Rental in the city as long as all eligibility requirements (including property type) are met.
No. Properties must be owned by a natural person and not by a company (i.e., LLC, LLP, Inc., Assoc., Corp., Co., Ltd., etc.)
Yes. The property owner is required to obtain a valid Residential Rental Business Tax Certificate, and a City issued STR Permit prior to advertising and operating the STR.
Hosted STR Permit Application - $500.00*
UnHosted STR Permit Application - $600.00*
Vacation STR Permit Application - $600.00*
* STR permits will be valid until the end of the calendar year (December 31st). For the initial year, 2022, the permit application will be prorated to $167 (Hosted), $200 (Unhosted), $200 (Vacation), and $367 (Hosted and Unhosted). All hosts must renew their permit no later than January 31, 2023
Beginning September 6, 2022, applications will be available online to download, and in the Finance Department, located at One Manchester Blvd., 1st Floor, Inglewood, CA 90301.
No. It is a violation to use the curtilage of a Dwelling, or any part of the residence, or property that is leased or rented to hold parties or gatherings of the type that hotel ballrooms or other event spaces are typically rented.
Yes. On July 19, 2022, the Inglewood City Council adopted Ordinance No. 22-15, regulating the operations of STRs in the city.
Yes. You have 15 calendar days after the date of notice to appeal with the Permits & Licensing Committee.
Stop operation of the STR, and pay the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) starting from January 1, 2022 to the current date. Operating an STR without a valid permit is a violation of the City of Inglewood Municipal Code that may result in fines up to $5000. Failure to comply with the City's STR regulations may prohibit an owner from obtaining a permit in the future.
No. Permits are non-transferable.
Pursuant to Ordinance No. 22-15, staff has up to 60 days to process an STR application.
An STR permit expires at the end of each calendar year (December 31)
The eligible property types are properties containing one (1) to four (4) units on a parcel that are owned by a natural person and is the owner’s primary residence.
The Vacation Rental must be within 1,000 feet of the property line of the owner’s Primary Residence.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are prohibited from operating as an STR to align the City’s policies with the intent of the State Government by encouraging the development and permitting of ADUs to address the housing stock shortage. ADUs will remain a means to maintain an option for affordable housing stock.
STR inspections are conducted biannually (twice a year).
No. Renters are not allowed to operate an STR.
No. You may only have one booking at a time.
Yes. The owner is required to have a minimum of $500,000.
Yes, the requirements are as follows:
Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Money Orders, and Cashier’s Checks.
The host can obtain 1 (one) Parking Permit by contacting the Parking Enforcement Department at 310-412-5398.
The 24-hour STR Compliance Hot Line is 310-861-2068. This number should be used to report non-emergency nuisance problems related to STRs, such as noise, parking, and trash-related issues. Unpermitted STR rentals can also be reported by using the STR compliance Hot Line. Reporting can be done anonymously.
For the purposes of Short Term Rentals, a transient is any person who resides in a short-term rental for thirty calendar days or less.
The City Council is only requiring that TOT be remitted for all rental activity of 30 days or less operating from January 1, 2022 to the current date.
To timely file the TOT Report, payment(s) must be received by the City or postmarked before the last day of the month following the previous month’s activity.
Host will be able to access their gross TOT earnings through the Hosting Platforms. Upon making or submitting a payment, a copy of the Earnings Statement will be required.
Transient Occupancy Taxes (TOT) shall be paid by all Short Term Rental operators. If a Short Term Rental Host Platform does not receive payment for the rental, Short Term Rental Hosts are solely responsible for collecting all applicable TOT and remittance of the collected tax to the City. If a Short Term Rental Host Platform does collect payment for rentals, then it and the Short Term Rental operator shall have legal responsibility for the TOT’s collection and remittance.
Ordinance No. 22-15 was adopted by the Inglewood City Council on July 19, 2022. A copy of the report and the Ordinance is available online at:
If you rented your property in the City of Inglewood to a guest(s) who stayed 30 days or less, you are liable for past taxes. Not being aware of the TOT requirements does not relieve the Host/Owner of the obligation to collect and remit TOT. Complete and submit the TOT Assessment Form along with the Statement of Earnings (https://www.cityofinglewood.org/1638/Short-Term-Rentals) with the associated payment to the City of Inglewood Finance Department, located at One West Manchester Blvd., 1st Floor, Inglewood, CA 90301. You may also contact the Housing Protection Short Term Rental Program to enter into a payment plan agreement.