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Short Term Rentals

Short Term Rentals Information

As a short-term rental, you must be registered with both the city (Business License Tax Receipt) and the State (Department of Business & Professional Regulation License) to be operating legally. See below for the steps to obtain these licenses.

Steps for obtaining a Business License Tax Receipt for a short-term vacation rental:

  1. Verify property zoning and location.
    a. Short-term and zoning district maps are available on the city website www.cityofnsb.com
    b. Sec. 504.00 District regulations and requirements: Short-term rental (less than 30 days) of a dwelling unit is permitted only in the designated areas and zoning districts indicated below: East of the Intracoastal Waterway Zoning Districts: R-3A East of Atlantic Avenue, R-4, R-5, R-6, B-4, M-u, and BBH East of the Intracoastal Waterway and South of Third Avenue Zoning districts: R-2A West of the Intracoastal Waterway Zoning Districts: M-U, BBH
  2. Submit Business License Tax Receipt application to the building department.
    a. Business License Tax Receipt Application is available on the city website www.cityofnsb.com.
    b. For questions regarding the Business License, Tax Receipt Application contact the building department at (386) 410-2860.
  3. Business License Tax Receipt Application is approved by the building department and zoning technician.
  4. You will receive a telephone call from the Building Department to schedule the inspection upon approval of the Business License Tax Receipt Application.
  5. Inspection:
    a. Passed – after you receive the Certificate of Use from the building department, contact the finance department for the amount due for the Business License Tax Receipt. Obtain the Business License Tax Receipt from the finance department at 210 Sams Avenue, New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168.
    b. Failed – Correct the items the inspector brought to your attention that failed the inspection. Contact the building department to schedule a reinspection, reinspection fees will be applied.
  6. Renew The Business License Tax Receipt with the Finance Department yearly (October 1 – September 30).

Documentation required to obtain a local Business License Tax Receipt

  • Completed Business Tax Receipt application.
  • Proof of applicable license through the Department of Business and Professional Regulations
  • Proof of contract between owner and licensed agent if applicable
  • Proof of corporate registration or fictitious name registration with the State of Florida if applicable
  • Federal Tax ID number or Social Security Number
  • Collective Registration or Retail Sales Certificate from the Department of Revenue
  • General liability certificate
  • Link to BTR application - CSS (tylerhost.net)
  • Additional BTR information - Z1-BTR-INFO-NEW-TEMPLATE (cityofnsb.com)
  • Rental Property Inspection Checklist
    *Please note long and short-term rental properties are required to have a local Business License Tax Receipt to be operating legally.

Steps for obtaining a Department of Business & Professional Regulation License for a short-term vacation rental:

  1. Visit the DBPR website – License efficiently. Regulate fairly.
  2. Select “apply or manage my license” then “Hotels & Restaurants”.
  3. Under ‘getting started with hotels & restaurants’ select “Apply for a lodging license”
  4. Explore the license types by selecting them to see more details and information about each one. Once you have decided which fits your short-term rentals needs, select “apply now” under the license type you choose.
  5. You must then create an account.
    a. Entering Contact Information, including Email address, and create a security question and answer.
    b. Receive registration confirmation with a temporary password via email.
    c. Create unique password.
  6. Once you begin the application you must answer eligibility questions to ensure the correct application has been selected
  7. Fill in the application to completion, attach necessary documents for licensure, and make secure payments.
  8. Once these steps have been completed, you will receive an application summary and payment receipt confirmations via email.
  9. Be sure to return and check the application status and attach additional documents, if needed

*Please note Florida law requires owners of new public lodging establishments and new owners of existing establishments to obtain a license from the division before commencing operation. The application process described below is for all Vacation Rental-Condo licenses, both newly licensed and changes of ownership.

Application Requirements

Main Address: This is the main address of the owner or operator of the license, which will be used as the address of record for administrative purposes.

Rental Location Address: Rental location addresses are the physical addresses of the rental units(s) included in the license. If you have more than one rental unit you must provide a complete address for each unit. Please be sure to enter a valid Florida county to ensure proper processing.

Resort Classifications: Collective: Up to 75 units located at different addresses within one district. Group: Multiple units located within the same building/complex. No maximum. Single: 1-4 units located within the same building

Fees: You are required to pay the fee associated with this application. By applying online, you can pay with a credit card. The fee is payable at the end of the application process. To estimate the fees prior to applying review our License Fee Calculator at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/license-fee-calculator/.

Disabled Veteran Exemption: If you select the Disabled Veteran Exemption, we require documentation to verify your exemption. Please provide us with a copy of your DD214 form as proof of honorable discharge along with documentation that you are a disabled veteran.

Certificate of Balcony Inspection: Every public lodging establishment which is 3 or more stories in height, or which has a vertical distance of 17 feet or more from the lowest grade level to any balcony must submit to the division a certificate stating that any and all balconies, stairways, and railways have been inspected by a person who, through education and experience, is competent to inspect multi-story buildings and found by such person to be safe, secure, and free of defects. If the above applies to your facility, please complete, and attach a Certificate of Balcony Inspection available at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/hr/forms/documents/dbpr_hr_7020_certificate_of_balcony_inspection.pdf.

Human Trafficking: Lodging facilities are required to provide training for employees who perform housekeeping duties in the rental units or who work at the front desk or reception area where guests check in or check out. For more detailed information see our Human Trafficking page at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/hotels-restaurants/human-trafficking.

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