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Check out the Short-Term Residential Rental Starter Kit and Requirements Information on the Business Portal for more info about the requirements to rent out your residence. Anyone in San Francisco who earns rent from a short-term residential rental is considered a business and may owe taxes. You must obtain a Business Registration Certificate and pay applicable taxes (through the Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Office), in addition to registering with the Office of Short-Term Rentals.

About the Office of Short-Term Rentals

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We work with the residents of San Francisco to ensure that short-term rental activity respects neighborhood character, preserves housing supply, and complies with the City’s rules. Our Office is responsible for registering eligible hosts and for administering enforcement of the City's short-term rental regulations.

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Hearings & Events

Come apply for your host certificate or ask questions during one of our easy walk-in registration events, and keep up with the latest short-term rental policy developments at hearings and meetings. See all events.

Application Fee Increase on October 1, 2019 (New & Renewal Applications)

1:00PM-12:18PM September 18, 2019

Please note that effective October 1, 2019, the short-term rental application fee (new or renewals) will increase from $250 to $450. Please note that the application fee is valid for two-years from when the short-term rental application is approved. The application fee increase is based on a provision of the City’s short-term rental law (Section 41A.5(g)(3)(B) of the San Francisco Administrative Code). This provision requires that the fee be modified periodically to reflect the operating costs for administering the City’s short-term rental program and is based on studies by the City’s Office of the Controller. The administration of the City’s short-term rental program is funded primarily by application fees and enforcement penalties; and does not include funding from hotel taxes (also known as transient occupancy taxes). For those hosts with active short-term rental certificates that are set to expire soon, please note that renewal applications and the renewal fee are only accepted for certificates set to expire within less than 30 days.

Evening Walk-in Hours

5:30PM-7:30PM October 7, 2019

During the evening walk-in hours, you can submit an application for a short-term rental certificate, ask our staff questions about eligibility and the rules for the short-term rental program, or submit a complaint about a suspected illegal short-term rental in your neighborhood.

Evening Walk-in Hours

5:30PM-7:30PM November 4, 2019

During the evening walk-in hours, you can submit an application for a short-term rental certificate, ask our staff questions about eligibility and the rules for the short-term rental program, or submit a complaint about a suspected illegal short-term rental in your neighborhood.

Evening Walk-in Hours

5:30PM-7:30PM December 2, 2019

During the evening walk-in hours, you can submit an application for a short-term rental certificate, ask our staff questions about eligibility and the rules for the short-term rental program, or submit a complaint about a suspected illegal short-term rental in your neighborhood.