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Occupancy restriction
Length of Stay
30days or less
Registration & Licensing Fees
A fee of $275
Licenses or Permits Required
A short-term rental permit
Property Inspection
Guest Record
Zoning

In Orlando, there are two major operational categories for short-term rental operations:

Home Share and Commercial Dwelling Unit.

The Home Share option permits a homeowner or long-term tenant to lease up to half the bedrooms, whether within the main house or an accessory dwelling unit (such as an in-law suite or garage apartment). This practice is permissible across all residential zoning districts, but renting out the entire property is not allowed, and the homeowner or tenant must be present during the rental.

In contrast, the Commercial Dwelling Unit option is more akin to a standard vacation or corporate rental. A homeowner or business owner can rent out the entire property or any portion of it. This is restricted in residential (R) zoning districts, requiring the property to be in O-3, any MU district, or any AC district. Approval from the Municipal Planning Board is necessary for MXD-2, O-1, and O-2 zoning districts.

Occupancy taxes and fees

A combined rate of 18%

Insurance requirement
Does any Building, Health & Safety Regulation affects STR?

Yes, there are building, health and safety regulations

Parking Requirement
Advertising Requirement
Noise regulation
Neighbor Notification
Limitation on number of STR owned
Regulations on hosting events or parties in STR
Regulations on hosting events or parties in STR
Hosting events regulations
Restrictions on number of reservations
Waste disposal regulations
Accessibility Requirement
waste disposal regulations
Waste disposal regulations
Emergency Contact Information
What is short term rental?

A short-term rental, known as Home Sharing in Orlando, Florida, is the** **renting out of a portion of your property as a resident owner or tenant for a period of 30days or less.

Are there STR regulations that affect property owners?

Yes, there are STR regulations for home sharers in Orlando, Florida

Is there any short-term rental-related tax?

Yes, there are short-term rental related taxes for home sharers to collect and remit on behalf of their guests to the government.

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

Yes, individuals who are residents are permitted to home share their properties in Orlando, Florida.

What are the procedures and requirement for the neighborhood approval?
Do I need a neighborhood approval?

The City of Orlando's Short-Term Rental Ordinance does not explicitly mandate neighborhood approval for STRs. However, homeowners associations (HOAs) or deed restrictions might have their own rules requiring neighborhood approval or prohibiting STRs altogether.

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

In Orlando, there are two major operational categories for short-term rental operations:

Home Share and Commercial Dwelling Unit.

The Home Share option permits a homeowner or long-term tenant to lease up to half the bedrooms, whether within the main house or an accessory dwelling unit (such as an in-law suite or garage apartment). This practice is permissible across all residential zoning districts, but renting out the entire property is not allowed, and the homeowner or tenant must be present during the rental.

In contrast, the Commercial Dwelling Unit option is more akin to a standard vacation or corporate rental. A homeowner or business owner can rent out the entire property or any portion of it. This is restricted in residential (R) zoning districts, requiring the property to be in O-3, any MU district, or any AC district. Approval from the Municipal Planning Board is necessary for MXD-2, O-1, and O-2 zoning districts.

Is there any guest record requirement?

Yes, there are short-term rental related taxes for home sharers to collect and remit on behalf of their guests to the government.

Do i require any license(s) for STR?

Yes, operators are required to obtain a short-term property rental permit from the city’s planning division.

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

Hosts are expected to collect, file and remit the following taxes for their STRs in Orlando:

1.     Florida Transient Rental Tax of 6% and Florida Discretionary Sales Surtax of 1% to be remitted to the Florida Department of Revenue.

2.     Orange County Tourist Development Tax of 6% can be paid on the Orange County Comptroller website.

3.     Local Option Transient Rental Tax of 3% for Orange County and 2% for the City of Orlando. For this, you'll need to remit payments to two separate entities:

The Orange County Tax Collector collects for the county. You can pay by mail, in person at a Tax Collector's office or online: https://octaxcol.com/.

City of Orlando Finance Department collects for the city. You can pay online or by mail. Information on online payment options is available on the City of Orlando's website: https://www.orlando.gov/Our-Government/Make-a-Payment/Pay-an-Invoice

Taxes are due the 20th day of the month following the end of the filing period.

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

Hosts are expected to collect, file and remit the following taxes for their STRs in Orlando:

1.     Florida Transient Rental Tax of 6% and Florida Discretionary Sales Surtax of 1% to be remitted to the Florida Department of Revenue.

2.     Orange County Tourist Development Tax of 6% can be paid on the Orange County Comptroller website.

3.     Local Option Transient Rental Tax of 3% for Orange County and 2% for the City of Orlando. For this, you'll need to remit payments to two separate entities:

The Orange County Tax Collector collects for the county. You can pay by mail, in person at a Tax Collector's office or online: https://octaxcol.com/.

City of Orlando Finance Department collects for the city. You can pay online or by mail. Information on online payment options is available on the City of Orlando's website: https://www.orlando.gov/Our-Government/Make-a-Payment/Pay-an-Invoice

Taxes are due the 20th day of the month following the end of the filing period.

Tax
What ZIP Codes have been prohibited for STR use?
What types of properties are eligible for short-term rentals?

Home Sharing: Allowed in all residential zones. You can rent out up to half the bedrooms in the main house or an accessory dwelling unit (like a garage apartment). However, you must be present during the rental and cannot rent the entire property.

Commercial Dwelling Units (CDUs): Not allowed in residential zones.

Non-Residential Zones (O-3, MU, AC)

Home Sharing: Generally not allowed. Check with your local zoning office for specifics.

CDUs: Allowed. You can rent out all or any part of the property.

Does occupancy limit affect STR?

Yes, it does.

What STR regulations affect me as an Owner?

Short-term vacation rentals must comply with requirements such as obtaining short-term residential permits, undergoing code inspections and enforcement, adhering to transient occupancy tax regulations, meeting advertising specifications, and fulfilling other relevant obligations.

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

Operators are to fill and submit an application form with the planning division alongside the following documents:

1.     Verification that the applicant is the property owner or has notarized permission from the property owner in a form acceptable to the planning official.

2.     Two proofs of residency to show that the applicant resides on the property being registered.

3.     The total number of bedrooms on the property and how many will be devoted to hosted visits.

4.     Any other information required by the planning official

Homeowners and long-term tenants in Orlando are allowed to become home-sharing hosts and they can rent out individual bedrooms, garage apartments, or similar spaces within any residential zone. However, only one booking can occur at a time, the resident must be present with their guests, and the rented space must be smaller than the primary residence.

The home sharing permit is currently $275.

Short-term Rental Application: https://orlando.opencounter.com/projects/1406521/direct/short-term-rental

The permit is valid for one year, you'll need to renew it before it expires. An invoice for the $100 renewal fee 30 days in advance. An annual inspection is carried for STRs.

Notification
What are the occupancy limits for STR?

The occupancy limit in Orlando, Florida allows for not more than four unrelated persons in a single booking and a maximum of two persons per room.

What other STR regulations am i obligated to observe?
  1. Parking and Advertising Requirement: for Advertising, the permit number of a property is to be included in all advertisements, listings and signs. Adequate parking must be provided for guests and they should be informed of it.
  2. Noise Regulation: the city noise ordinance puts noise restrictions at 60dBA/65dBC from 7am – 10pm and 55dBA/60dBC from 10pm – 7am in residential Zones, 65dBA/70dBC from 7am – 10pm and 55dBA/60dBC from 10pm – 7am in Multi-Use Zones and 70dBA/75dBC from 7am – 10pm and 65dBA/70dBC from 10pm – 7am in Commercial Zones.
  3. Emergency Contact Information: Operators are required to provide an emergency contact information that will be displayed on the permit and made available to guests especially for those under the Commercial Dwelling Unit category.
What are the penalties and fines for non compliance?

Non-compliance with STR regulations in Orlando, Florida, can lead to a range of penalties and fines, varying in severity depending on the specific violation and any prior offenses.

First Offense: Up to $500 per day for violations like operating an unregistered STR, exceeding occupancy limits, or failing to collect and remit taxes.

Second Offense: Up to $1,000 per day for repeat violations.

Third Offense: Up to $2,500 per day for repeat violations, and potential suspension or revocation of the STR permit.

Is there any official regulatory body or authority?

Yes, the City Planning Division is in charge of Short-term rentals/ Home Sharing in Orlando

How can i contact the authority?

Phone: 407.246.2269

Email: cityplanning@orlando.gov

Main Office: City Planning Division, 400 South Orange Avenue, 6th Floor, Orlando, FL 32801

Which jurisdictions are exempted from the regulations?
What are the requirements and fees for the permit (s)?

Operators are to fill and submit an application form with the planning division alongside the following documents:

1.     Verification that the applicant is the property owner or has notarized permission from the property owner in a form acceptable to the planning official.

2.     Two proofs of residency to show that the applicant resides on the property being registered.

3.     The total number of bedrooms on the property and how many will be devoted to hosted visits.

4.     Any other information required by the planning official

Homeowners and long-term tenants in Orlando are allowed to become home-sharing hosts and they can rent out individual bedrooms, garage apartments, or similar spaces within any residential zone. However, only one booking can occur at a time, the resident must be present with their guests, and the rented space must be smaller than the primary residence.

The home sharing permit is currently $275.

Short-term Rental Application: https://orlando.opencounter.com/projects/1406521/direct/short-term-rental

The permit is valid for one year, you'll need to renew it before it expires. An invoice for the $100 renewal fee 30 days in advance. An annual inspection is carried for STRs.

Basic Information
Occupancy restriction
Length of Stay
30days or less
Registration & Licensing Fees
A fee of $275
Licenses or Permits Required
A short-term rental permit
Property Inspection
Guest Record
Zoning

In Orlando, there are two major operational categories for short-term rental operations:

Home Share and Commercial Dwelling Unit.

The Home Share option permits a homeowner or long-term tenant to lease up to half the bedrooms, whether within the main house or an accessory dwelling unit (such as an in-law suite or garage apartment). This practice is permissible across all residential zoning districts, but renting out the entire property is not allowed, and the homeowner or tenant must be present during the rental.

In contrast, the Commercial Dwelling Unit option is more akin to a standard vacation or corporate rental. A homeowner or business owner can rent out the entire property or any portion of it. This is restricted in residential (R) zoning districts, requiring the property to be in O-3, any MU district, or any AC district. Approval from the Municipal Planning Board is necessary for MXD-2, O-1, and O-2 zoning districts.

Occupancy taxes and fees

A combined rate of 18%

Insurance requirement
Does any Building, Health & Safety Regulation affects STR?

Yes, there are building, health and safety regulations

Parking Requirement
Advertising Requirement
Noise regulation
Neighbor Notification
Limitation on number of STR owned
Regulations on hosting events or parties in STR
Regulations on hosting events or parties in STR
Hosting events regulations
Restrictions on number of reservations
Waste disposal regulations
Accessibility Requirement
waste disposal regulations
Waste disposal regulations
Emergency Contact Information
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