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Occupancy restriction

2 adults per bedroom

Length of Stay
30 days or less
Registration & Licensing Fees
A recurring fee of ($500)
Licenses or Permits Required
Yes, Transient Vacation Unit (TVU) permit.
Property Inspection
Yes, inspections are required, and they are recurring.
Guest Record
Yes, and must be maintained for 2 years
Zoning

Zoning laws in Honolulu regulate the use of land and buildings

STR are generally prohibited in most residential areas without a permit. Properties located in resort areas or designated Bed and Breakfast homes may be exempt from this restriction.

To operate a short-term rental in Honolulu, property owners need to obtain the necessary permits and comply with local regulations regarding building codes, fire safety, insurance, taxes, and other applicable laws.

Occupancy taxes and fees

Transient accommodation Tax (10.25%)

Insurance requirement

Yes, ($500,000)

Does any Building, Health & Safety Regulation affects STR?

Yes, there are regulations for STR

Parking Requirement

Adequate parking must be provided for guests

Advertising Requirement

Yes, a license number is required for advertisement

Noise regulation

Yes, Quiet time between 10 pm - 8 am

Neighbor Notification

Hosts are not required to notify neighbors

Limitation on number of STR owned

No, there are no limitations

Regulations on hosting events or parties in STR

No, there are no specific regulations on hosting events or parties.

Regulations on hosting events or parties in STR

No, there are no specific regulations on hosting events or parties.

Hosting events regulations
Restrictions on number of reservations

No, there are no restrictions

Waste disposal regulations

Yes, there are specific waste disposal regulations

Accessibility Requirement

No, there are no specific accessibility requirements

waste disposal regulations
Waste disposal regulations

Yes, there are specific waste disposal regulations

Emergency Contact Information

Yes, there are specific waste disposal regulations

What is short term rental?

A property that is rented out for a temporary period, typically less than 30 days

Are there STR regulations that affect property owners?

Yes, the owner are subject to STR regulations.

Is there any short-term rental-related tax?

Yes, Transient Accommodation Tax and a General exercise Tax

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

Yes, depending on the location and type of property.

What are the procedures and requirement for the neighborhood approval?

There are no requirements.

Do I need a neighborhood approval?

No, owner do not need any neighborhood approval.

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

Zoning laws in Honolulu regulate the use of land and buildings

STR are generally prohibited in most residential areas without a permit. Properties located in resort areas or designated Bed and Breakfast homes may be exempt from this restriction.

To operate a short-term rental in Honolulu, property owners need to obtain the necessary permits and comply with local regulations regarding building codes, fire safety, insurance, taxes, and other applicable laws.

Is there any guest record requirement?

Yes, Transient Accommodation Tax and a General exercise Tax

Do i require any license(s) for STR?

A Nonconforming Use Certificate (NUC) or a Transient Vacation Unit (TVU) permit

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

Owners of short-term vacation rentals (STVRs) are required to collect and remit Transient Accommodation Taxes (TAT) to the State of Hawaii. The TAT is a tax on the rental of transient accommodations, which includes hotels, resorts, and vacation rentals. The TAT rate for STVRs in Honolulu is currently 10.25%.

In addition to the TAT, STVR owners in Honolulu are also required to pay a General Excise Tax (GET) to the State of Hawaii. The GET is a tax on the gross income of businesses operating in Hawaii, including STVRs. The current GET rate is 4%.

When filing online for the first time on the new portal, complete the one-time Sign-Up process at  https://otatpay.honolulu.gov

When prompted, enter your 12-digit registered Hawaii State TAT Identification (ID) Number and Business Name as it appears below. Be sure to securely store your username and password that you create during the sign-up process to file online on the new payment portal.

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

Owners of short-term vacation rentals (STVRs) are required to collect and remit Transient Accommodation Taxes (TAT) to the State of Hawaii. The TAT is a tax on the rental of transient accommodations, which includes hotels, resorts, and vacation rentals. The TAT rate for STVRs in Honolulu is currently 10.25%.

In addition to the TAT, STVR owners in Honolulu are also required to pay a General Excise Tax (GET) to the State of Hawaii. The GET is a tax on the gross income of businesses operating in Hawaii, including STVRs. The current GET rate is 4%.

When filing online for the first time on the new portal, complete the one-time Sign-Up process at  https://otatpay.honolulu.gov

When prompted, enter your 12-digit registered Hawaii State TAT Identification (ID) Number and Business Name as it appears below. Be sure to securely store your username and password that you create during the sign-up process to file online on the new payment portal.

Tax
What ZIP Codes have been prohibited for STR use?

A-1 low-density apartment zoning district.

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

Vacation homes, Condos, Bed and Breakfasts, and ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units).

Does occupancy limit affect STR?

Yes, Occupancy limit affect short-term vacation rentals (STRs) in Honolulu.

What STR regulations affect me as an Owner?

1. STR hosts are required to get a Permit https://www.honolulu.gov/dpp. The permit will be renewable every year

2. The property must be located in a zone that permits STVRs.

3. All advertising for STVRs must include the permit number issued by the Department of Planning and Permitting

4. The number of guests allowed in the STVR is limited to the maximum occupancy allowed by the permit

5. STVR owners are required to maintain liability insurance coverage of at least $500,000 per occurrence.

6. STVR owners are required to collect and remit transient accommodation taxes (TAT) to the State of Hawaii. The TAT rate is currently 10.25%.

7. Hosting Platform Requirements: Online hosting platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO are required to collect and remit TAT on behalf of their hosts

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

Here are the general requirements and fees for obtaining a NUC/TVU permit in Honolulu:

1. Property Requirements: The property must be located in a zone that permits STRs. The property must also meet all applicable zoning, building, and fire codes.

2. Liability Insurance: You must have liability insurance coverage of at least $500,000 per occurrence.

3. Transient Accommodation Tax (TAT) Clearance: You must provide a TAT clearance from the State of Hawaii Department of Taxation.

4. Floor Plan and Site Plan: You must provide a detailed floor plan and site plan of the property.

6. Management Plan: You must provide a management plan that describes how you will manage the property, including guest screening

Fees:

1. Application Fee: The application fee for a new permit is $1,000, and the annual renewal fee is $500.

2. Taxes: In addition to the permit fees, you will also need to pay transient accommodation tax (TAT) and general excise tax (GET) on the income you earn from your STR.

Notification
What are the occupancy limits for STR?

Here are the maximum occupancy limits for STRs in Honolulu:

1. One Bedroom: The maximum occupancy for an STR with one bedroom is two adults and two children (under 18 years old).

2. Two Bedrooms: The maximum occupancy for an STR with two bedrooms is four adults and four children (under 18 years old).

3. Three Bedrooms: The maximum occupancy for an STR with three bedrooms is six adults and six children (under 18 years old).

4. Four Bedrooms: The maximum occupancy for an STR with four bedrooms is eight adults and eight children (under 18 years old).

5. Five Bedrooms: The maximum occupancy for an STR with five bedrooms is ten adults and ten children (under 18 years old).

What other STR regulations am i obligated to observe?

STRs are required to include a parking plan outlining the on-site parking options for transitory guests, follow noise and nuisance regulations, adhere to safety requirements and compliance with good neighbor policy.

Noise Limits: Quiet hours must be observed between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.

What are the penalties and fines for non compliance?

The offender is subject to a civil fine that cannot be less than $1,000 nor can it be more than $10,000 in case of non-compliance.

Is there any official regulatory body or authority?

Yes, The Department of Planning and Permitting of Honolulu, Hawaii is regulatory body.

How can i contact the authority?

(808) 768-8000 | dpp@honolulu.gov

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (closed holidays)

Main Office and One Stop Permit Center: 650 South King Street, Honolulu HI 96813

Kapolei Building Permit Center: 1000 Uluohia Street, Kapolei HI 96707

Which jurisdictions are exempted from the regulations?

None of the jurisdictions are exepmted but the enforcement of any order issued in response is subject to civil litigation brought by the director in any court with jurisdiction.

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

Here are the general requirements and fees for obtaining a NUC/TVU permit in Honolulu:

1. Property Requirements: The property must be located in a zone that permits STRs. The property must also meet all applicable zoning, building, and fire codes.

2. Liability Insurance: You must have liability insurance coverage of at least $500,000 per occurrence.

3. Transient Accommodation Tax (TAT) Clearance: You must provide a TAT clearance from the State of Hawaii Department of Taxation.

4. Floor Plan and Site Plan: You must provide a detailed floor plan and site plan of the property.

6. Management Plan: You must provide a management plan that describes how you will manage the property, including guest screening

Fees:

1. Application Fee: The application fee for a new permit is $1,000, and the annual renewal fee is $500.

2. Taxes: In addition to the permit fees, you will also need to pay transient accommodation tax (TAT) and general excise tax (GET) on the income you earn from your STR.

Basic Information
Occupancy restriction

2 adults per bedroom

Length of Stay
30 days or less
Registration & Licensing Fees
A recurring fee of ($500)
Licenses or Permits Required
Yes, Transient Vacation Unit (TVU) permit.
Property Inspection
Yes, inspections are required, and they are recurring.
Guest Record
Yes, and must be maintained for 2 years
Zoning

Zoning laws in Honolulu regulate the use of land and buildings

STR are generally prohibited in most residential areas without a permit. Properties located in resort areas or designated Bed and Breakfast homes may be exempt from this restriction.

To operate a short-term rental in Honolulu, property owners need to obtain the necessary permits and comply with local regulations regarding building codes, fire safety, insurance, taxes, and other applicable laws.

Occupancy taxes and fees

Transient accommodation Tax (10.25%)

Insurance requirement

Yes, ($500,000)

Does any Building, Health & Safety Regulation affects STR?

Yes, there are regulations for STR

Parking Requirement

Adequate parking must be provided for guests

Advertising Requirement

Yes, a license number is required for advertisement

Noise regulation

Yes, Quiet time between 10 pm - 8 am

Neighbor Notification

Hosts are not required to notify neighbors

Limitation on number of STR owned

No, there are no limitations

Regulations on hosting events or parties in STR

No, there are no specific regulations on hosting events or parties.

Regulations on hosting events or parties in STR

No, there are no specific regulations on hosting events or parties.

Hosting events regulations
Restrictions on number of reservations

No, there are no restrictions

Waste disposal regulations

Yes, there are specific waste disposal regulations

Accessibility Requirement

No, there are no specific accessibility requirements

waste disposal regulations
Waste disposal regulations

Yes, there are specific waste disposal regulations

Emergency Contact Information

Yes, there are specific waste disposal regulations

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