Occupancy restriction

Yes. The maximum overnight occupancy for vacation rentals is up to a maximum of 2 persons per bedroom, plus 4 additional persons per property.

Length of Stay
6 months or less
Registration & Licensing Fees
A registration of $500, $600 or $700 (depending on the square foot of the property)
Licenses or Permits Required
Yes, a Certificate of Registration is required
Property Inspection
Yes, inspections are required, and they are recurring.
Guest Record
Yes, there is a guest record requirement in Destin, Florida. Short-term rental owners are required to keep a record of all guests who stay at their property.
Zoning

Short-term rentals are only allowed in the following zones:

Bay Resort Mixed Use (BRMU)

Crystal Beach Resort (CBR)

Calhoun Mixed Use (CMU)

Gulf Resort Mixed Use (GRMU)

Holiday Isle Mixed Use (HIMU)

North Harbor Mixed Use (NHMU)

Residential, Office Institutional Tourist Development (ROI-TD)

South Harbor Mixed Use (SHMU)

Crystal Beach Neighborhood (CBN)

Low Density Residential-Holiday Isle (LDR-HI)

Medium Density Residential-Holiday Isle (MDR-HI)

High Density Residential-Holiday Isle (HDR-HI)

Occupancy taxes and fees

A combined Tourist Development Tax, County Local Option Tourist Tax and State Sales Tax of 10.5%

Insurance requirement

Yes (minimum coverage amount of $1 million per occurrence)

Does any Building, Health & Safety Regulation affects STR?

Yes, there are building, health and safety regulations

Parking Requirement

Yes, adequate parking must be provided for guests

Advertising Requirement

Yes, a license number is required for advertisement

Noise regulation

Yes, there is a noise regulation in Destin, Florida for short-term rentals. The noise regulation states that no person shall create a sound that is plainly audible at a distance of 100 feet or more from the source of the sound during the hours of 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM.

Neighbor Notification

There is no requirement for neighborhood notification for short-term rentals in Destin, Florida. However, some homeowners' associations (HOAs) may have their own rules about short-term rentals, including notification requirements.

Limitation on number of STR owned

No, there are no restrictions

Regulations on hosting events or parties in STR

Yes, there are regulations on hosting events or parties in short-term rental properties in Destin, Florida including noise ordinance, maximum occupancy, parking requirements and HOA rules.

Regulations on hosting events or parties in STR

Yes, there are regulations on hosting events or parties in short-term rental properties in Destin, Florida including noise ordinance, maximum occupancy, parking requirements and HOA rules.

Hosting events regulations
Restrictions on number of reservations

There is no restriction on the number of reservations for a short-term rental in Destin, Florida.

Waste disposal regulations

Yes, there are specific waste disposal regulations

Accessibility Requirement

Yes, there are accessibility requirements

waste disposal regulations
Waste disposal regulations

Yes, there are specific waste disposal regulations

Emergency Contact Information

Yes, it is required

What is short term rental?

Short-term rental is defined as any occupancy of a single-family dwelling unit for a period of time between one (1) day to no more than six (6) months.

Are there STR regulations that affect property owners?

Yes, the City of Destin have regulations that affect property owners.

Is there any short-term rental-related tax?

Yes, there are STR related taxes.

Is it only individuals that are permitted to operate short-term rental?

Yes, individuals are permitted to operate short-term rental businesses in Destin, Florida

What are the procedures and requirement for the neighborhood approval?

There are no procedures or requirements for neighborhood approval however, there are a few things to keep in mind:

- Some homeowners' associations (HOAs) may have their own rules about short-term rentals, including approval requirements. If you are a member of an HOA, be sure to check your HOA's rules to see if they have any restrictions on short-term rentals.

- It is always a good idea to be a good neighbor, even if you are not required to get neighborhood approval for your short-term rental. This means being respectful of your neighbors' noise levels and parking preferences. It is also a good idea to keep your property clean and well-maintained.

Do I need a neighborhood approval?

No, you do not need neighborhood approval for your short-term rental property in Destin, Florida.

Building, Health & Safety Regulation
Which of these taxes does Airbnb or other booking company collect?
What zoning laws affect Short Term Rentals?

Short-term rentals are only allowed in the following zones:

Bay Resort Mixed Use (BRMU)

Crystal Beach Resort (CBR)

Calhoun Mixed Use (CMU)

Gulf Resort Mixed Use (GRMU)

Holiday Isle Mixed Use (HIMU)

North Harbor Mixed Use (NHMU)

Residential, Office Institutional Tourist Development (ROI-TD)

South Harbor Mixed Use (SHMU)

Crystal Beach Neighborhood (CBN)

Low Density Residential-Holiday Isle (LDR-HI)

Medium Density Residential-Holiday Isle (MDR-HI)

High Density Residential-Holiday Isle (HDR-HI)

Is there any guest record requirement?

Yes, there are STR related taxes.

Do i require any license(s) for STR?

Yes, you are required to register your STR property and obtain a Registration Certificate and Decal. Registration is mandated by state and local ordinance.

Which tax(es) am i obligated to collect and remit?

4% Tourist Development Tax, 0.5% County Local Option Tourist Tax and 6% State Sales Tax directly to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Which tax(es) am i obligated to collect and remit?

4% Tourist Development Tax, 0.5% County Local Option Tourist Tax and 6% State Sales Tax directly to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Tax
What ZIP Codes have been prohibited for STR use?

There are no zip codes in Destin, Florida that have been prohibited for short-term rental use.

What types of properties are eligible for short-term rentals?

Single-family homes,

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU),

Multi-Family Homes,

Duplexes, and

Condominiums.

Does occupancy limit affect STR?

Yes, occupancy limit affects Short-term rentals in Destin, Florida from 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

What STR regulations affect me as an Owner?

Hosts are required to renew their registration every year.

You are also required to get the STR Decal to be picked up at the City of Destin Annex.

What are the procedures or requirements for keeping the guest records?

City of Destin Local Business Tax Receipt and Application (call 850-837-4242 or visit the Building Division),

Department of Business and Professional Regulation Dwelling license (visit www.myfloridalicense.com or call 850-487-1395),

State of Florida Resale Tax Certificate (visit http://floridarevenue.com/taxes/taxesfees/Pages/sales_tax.aspx or call 850-488-6800)

Additional forms:

Certificate of Affidavit (contact Planning/Building Division)

Change of Use Form (contact Planning/Building Division)

The STR Registration Fee ranges from $500- $700 depending on the square foot of the property.

Registration commences January 1st every year. Fees for late registration after March 1st is $100 and $500 after June 1st.

Registrations are non transferable.

Notification
What are the occupancy limits for STR?

The maximum overnight occupancy for vacation rentals is up to a maximum of 2 persons per bedroom, plus 4 additional persons per property.

Maximum occupancy per house is 24 persons, regardless of the number of bedrooms

What other STR regulations am i obligated to observe?

1. Decal Signage Requirement: The Decal is to be placed on the top right hand corner of the 18 x 18 inches sign as stipulated by the City Code. The sign will have the following information:

Name and telephone number of Management Company,

Name and telephone number of Emergency Contact (if different from Management Company),

Occupancy limit,

Number of available parking spaces.

The sign must be put up within the 7days immediately after the day registration is completed.

2. Parking Requirements: All vehicles are to be parked in the provided garage of the vacation rental property and be in compliance with other parking requirements as stipulated in the City Codes.

3. Garbage Requirements: Garbage containers are not to be seen on the curb before 12pm prior to pickup day and they must be removed before midnight on pickup day.

4. Exercise facilities, hot tubs and swimming pools are not jointly shared commodities unless clearly stated otherwise in the rental agreement for the dwelling unit.

5. Responsible Party Requirements: In cases where the owner isn't a resident of the city, a local responsible party who resides within 30 miles of the short term rental property must be appointed. The responsible party must also be able to respond within 1 hour upon attention request by the City, state, neighbors or guests.

Owners and hosts are expected to comply with other requirements in regard to noise, public nuisance, pets and all other relevant local, state, and federal laws.

What are the penalties and fines for non compliance?

The penalties and fines for non-compliance with short-term rental regulations in Destin, Florida can be significant.

  • Operating a short-term rental without a permit: This is a misdemeanor offense and can result in a fine of up to $500 and/or 60 days in jail.
  • Violating the city's noise ordinance: This is a misdemeanor offense and can result in a fine of up to $500.
  • Exceeding the maximum occupancy of a short-term rental: This is a misdemeanor offense and can result in a fine of up to $500.
  • Failing to provide two parking spaces per bedroom for a short-term rental: This is a civil offense and can result in a fine of up to $100 per day.
  • Violating any other short-term rental regulation: This is a civil offense and can result in a fine of up to $500 per day.
Is there any official regulatory body or authority?

Yes, the Code Compliance Division is the official regulatory ody for short-term rentals in Destin, Florida

How can i contact the authority?

Phone: (850) 654-1119

Normal Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Email: twilliams@cityofdestin.com

Code Compliance Director: Troy Williams

Which jurisdictions are exempted from the regulations?

The following jurisdictions in Destin City are exempted and prohibited from short-term rental activities:

Commercial General (CG),

Commercial Limited (CL),

Commercial Trades & Services (CTS),

Industrial (IN),

Institutional (INST),

Medium Density Residential - Village (MDR-V),

Residential, Office, and Institutional - Crystal Beach Resident (ROI-CBR),

Residential, Office, and Institutional - General Development (ROI - GD),

Residential, Office, and Institutional - Village Residential (ROI-VR),

Town Center Mixed Use (TCMU),

Bay Estates (BE),

High Density Residential (HDR),

Low Density Residential - Harbor (LDR-H),

Low Density Residential - Village (LDR-V).

What are the requirements and fees for the permit (s)?

City of Destin Local Business Tax Receipt and Application (call 850-837-4242 or visit the Building Division),

Department of Business and Professional Regulation Dwelling license (visit www.myfloridalicense.com or call 850-487-1395),

State of Florida Resale Tax Certificate (visit http://floridarevenue.com/taxes/taxesfees/Pages/sales_tax.aspx or call 850-488-6800)

Additional forms:

Certificate of Affidavit (contact Planning/Building Division)

Change of Use Form (contact Planning/Building Division)

The STR Registration Fee ranges from $500- $700 depending on the square foot of the property.

Registration commences January 1st every year. Fees for late registration after March 1st is $100 and $500 after June 1st.

Registrations are non transferable.

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