The San Diego City Council approved a new ordinance in May 2022 that institutes a cap on the number of vacation rentals the city will allow at any given time. The law aims to crack down on properties that host rowdier events and to bring some of those homes back on the market to help with the current citywide housing shortage.
The ordinance, authored by City Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell, establishes a lottery system that will be put into place to determine which grants homeowners a two-year license to rent their homes to vacationers for more than 20 days per year. Homeowners who have not received any noise complaints or other issues will be given priority in the selection process. Lottery winners must pay fees to obtain a permit.