New Vacation Rental Ordinance - adopted 8/16/2021
Program Requirements
    • Vacation rental must be located in Big Bear Lake (92315 zip code). Please feel free to contact the City of Big Bear Lake to verify the location of your property if needed
    • Apply & Submit a Vacation Rental Program Registration Application.  Click here to download the Registration application. Effective September 15, 2021, all applications must submit proof of property insurance. Additionally, if owners allow friends and family members to use the property without charging any fees (including cleaning fee), then a Friends and Family form should be submitted with the application or emailed to the address on the form. Click here to download the Friends and Family Form.

Vacation Rental Registration Application: Click on the "Community Services/Code" department, and select the payment item titled "Transient Private Home Rental Application". You will be asked to type the address of your rental property, and the $550 fee should auto-populate.

    • Pass a Home Inspection. Once the City receives your initial application, you will be required to pass a home inspection. You will be contacted by an inspector to schedule your home inspection once your application is fully processed by staff. Please note: If you do not pass your first inspection, you will be given a set amount of time to complete any needed corrections. A second inspection can be made by contacting Sara Lopez at (909) 866-5831 ext. 116. Click here to download the Rental Inspection Form. Please be advised, the registration and inspection process can take 2-4 weeks to complete. You are NOT allowed to rent your home during this period.
    • Owner and Agent Certification. All agents (check-in, 24/7 response, and management company staff) and owners (except those who hire a full-service management company and never rent the property on their own) must be certified by the City annually. Certification is currently in the form of a 25 question exam that must be passed with a 100% score. The answers to the questions can be found in the new vacation rental ordinance passed by City Council on 8/16/20. The ordinance can be downloaded from the link at the top of this page. Please include a copy of the Certificate with your application. There is no longer a requirement for a notarized affidavit to be submitted.

Owner & Agent Annual Certification Exam

    • Good Neighbor Policy needs to be signed by all guests. Effective September 15, 2021, a Good Neighbor Policy must be signed by each responsible party during the in-person check-in process and prior to occupancy. A temporary policy can be downloaded and printed as a tri-fold brochure if printed double-sided. Alternatively, there is an MS Word version that can be used to copy and paste the rules into an electronic version for your check-in process and to insert into your rental agreement. Additionally, this version can serve as the internal notice that must be posted inside the residence in a visible place for the guests. Remember that a signed version of the Good Neighbor Policy must be presented to the City upon request. 
    • Remit Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) On a Quarterly Basis. You are required to collect and remit 11% of your gross receipts quarterly. You will receive an email about 1 month prior to the due date notifying you that your TOT/BBLTBID remittance is due. For questions regarding taxes and the remittance forms, please contact Laura Knotts at (909) 866-5831 ext. 114. Click here for more information regarding TOT and TBID.
 Active Vacation Rental Listing 
Below is a list of active and approved vacation rental homes in Big Bear Lake. Please note, this list changes frequently and will be updated when needed. To search the document, click Ctr. & F. If you have any questions regarding this list, please contact Sara Lopez at (909) 866-5831 ext. 116.

Active VR Listing - 10.15.2021


Email Program Coordinator

Main Office:
Phone: (909) 866-5831 x 116
Fax: (909) 866-7511

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Physical Address
39707 Big Bear Boulevard
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

Mailing Address
City of Big Bear Lake
PO Box 10000
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315



Administrative Policy Manual

FAQs- Vacation Rental Program

Program Application

"FREE" Noise Monitoring System

Home Sharing Application

Good Neighbor Policy Brochure

Good Neighbor Policy Word Doc

Friends & Family Form

Rental Inspection Form

Owner/Agent Certification Exam

Reports and Data/Compliance Report

Workforce Housing Initiative