International Trade 101 Webinar and
Community Workshop for Short-Term Rental Program
City of Milpitas - Office of Economic Development | May 29, 2021
In partnership with Mission College, the Office of Economic Development is excited to bring you Trade 101, the first of four courses in International Trade topics. If you have been wanting to learn more about how to make your business competitive internationally and set your business up for success in international trade, this FREE webinar will teach you the basics of export regulations, logistics and finance, and global digital marketing. Registration is required.
Community Workshop for Milpitas Short-Term Rental Program
June 17 at 6pm
This community workshop is designed for residents and property owners to learn more about the City's STR Registration Program and the requirements for operating a successful short-term rental. Please make sure to register by clicking here.

Property owners in Milpitas who wish to legally operate a hosted short-term rental (STR) in their home may now register with the City. This program offers Milpitas residents the opportunity to legally rent a room or other portion of their single-family residence or apartment for a short period (up to 30 consecutive days). STRs are also known as vacation rentals, transient rentals, or short-term vacation rentals and are commonly found through companies such as Airbnb™, HomeToGo™, Vrbo™,™, and other short-term rental websites.

The Milpitas STR Program establishes guidelines to protect the peace and safety of local neighborhoods while allowing property owners to open their homes to short-term visitors. STRs are required to pay the same local taxes as hotels to cover the costs of public services.

Following the growth of short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb and HomeAway in recent years, the Milpitas City Council adopted a new STR Ordinance in July 2020 to regulate the rent or lease of privately-owned residential units on a short-term basis. Key provisions of the Ordinance include:
  • A host, such as an owner or tenant, to be present throughout a guest's stay. Un-hosted STRs are not allowed;
  • Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) may not be used as an STR;
  • Annual registration with the City of Milpitas; and
  • Adherence to the City’s "Good Neighbor Manual" regarding the general rules of conduct when operating an STR.

General information and registration materials for short-term rentals in the City of Milpitas are available on the City's STR Program webpage. For assistance with completing an application, property owners or operators may email or call 562.570.6820.
If you have any questions or need business assistance during COVID-19, please visit our website. Additionally, do not hesitate to contact the Office of Economic Development team by sending us an email. Assistance is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and other languages. We will continue to send out pertinent updates as they are made available to keep you informed.

In community spirit,
Alex Andrade
Director of Economic Development
(408) 586-3046