On June 17th, the city council unanimously voted to pass bill 89 which will enact new regulations on short term rentals.  Beginning August 1st, unlicensed homes who advertise as a short term rental (less than 30 days) could receive fines ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 per day.  For first time offenders, no fine will be imposed if their advertisement is removed within 7 days. This bill also limits the amount of new B&Bs in non-resort areas and can not exceed 0.5% of the total number of units per region.

B&B limits by area


Under bill 89 hosting platforms such as Airbnb or Expedia will be required to submit monthly reports to the Department of Planing and Permitting which will share the information with the city council.  Registration will begin no sooner than October 1, 2020 and will be on a first come first served basis.  The initial registration fee will be $1,000 with the yearly renewal fee being $2,000. If the number of requests exceeds the limit for DPA a lottery will be held. 

Some other notable requirements are:

  • Applicants must be "natural persons" and not an organization or company
  • Applicants must have a home exemption granted under real property tax law
  • There must be insurance coverage for bed and breakfast use
  • No more than 2 bedrooms can be used for visitor accommodations
  • Quiet hours must be observed between 10pm and 8am
  • Homeowners or apartment owners association approval must be obtained
  • Neighbors within 250 feet must be given a phone number to contact to make complaints 24 hours a day. 


For more information contact the Department of Planning and Permitting:

Website: honolulu.dpp.org

Twitter: @hnl_dpp

Email: info@honoluludpp.org

Advertising Restrictions: 768-8127

Registration Process: 768-8127

General Zoning Information: 768-8252

Make a complaint: 768-8127

Public Information Officer: 768-8284