Vacation Rental License
What is a Vacation Rental?
A vacation rental is classified as:
- A Transient Public Lodging Establishment (property is rented to guests more than three times a year for periods of less than 30 days).
New Rules for Existing Vacation Rental Properties – Enforcement Began March 1, 2021
On January 20, 2021, the City made a number of important changes to the existing Vacation Rental License Program Ordinance. Changes include a requirement that all vacation rental properties in the City of Hollywood must register and obtain a Vacation Rental License from the City of Hollywood, in addition to obtaining a State license. Additional requirements include:
- Installation of a noise level detection device at the property
- Posting of additional information onsite
- Reduced occupancy in some instances
- Parking limitations
- Additional trash container requirements based on capacity
- Submission of liability insurance
The City established a deadline of March 1st, 2021 for existing vacation rental operators to come into compliance with these new regulations. Property owners are strongly encouraged to review the updated Vacation Rental License Program Ordinance to familiarize themselves with these new regulations to avoid penalties, citations, daily fines, license suspension and/or license revocation.
New Rules for Properties Operating as a Vacation Rental – Enforcement Began April 1, 2021
The new changes to the existing Vacation Rental License Program Ordinance also requires all properties being used as a vacation rental property, regardless of location in the City of Hollywood, must register and obtain a Vacation Rental License from the City of Hollywood, in addition to obtaining a State license and other licenses.
Enforcement of the new rules for properties being used as a vacation rental began April 1, 2021.
Please note, using your property as a vacation rental, to engage in commercial activity or other non-residential activity such as large gatherings, commercial filming, etc., is unlawful. Owners are encouraged to review the Vacation Rental License Program Ordinance to familiarize themselves with these new regulations to avoid penalties, citations, daily fines, license suspension and/or license revocation. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Vacation Rentals and Noise
Beginning Saturday, May 1, 2021 City of Hollywood Code Compliance and the Hollywood Police Department will begin enforcement of the new Noise Ordinance rules, The City has an existing noise ordinance, however after a strong desire from residents, staff has created an additional method of measuring noise volume and enforcing noise violations.
The Vacation Rental License states in part:
- Vacation Renewal shall be equipped with a noise level detection device alerting the property owner/representative and tenants to noise emanating from the Vacation Rental, and (ii) all data produced by this device will be retained for a period of 180 days and made available to the City upon request.
- A statement advising the occupant that that the volume of noise generated at the Vacation Rental is limited by the City Noise Ordinance. A noise level detection device alerting the property owner/representative and tenant shall be installed in every Vacation Rental.
- The City’s noise ordinance must be fully complied with, and (iii) the property is monitored by a noise level detection device.
- Vacation Rental License Regulations
- Schedule of Fees, Penalties and Fines
- Residential Inspection Check List
- Vacation Rental Properties Registered with the City of Hollywood - PDF
- Vacation Rental Properties Registered with the City of Hollywood - Excel
- Broward County Property Appraiser's website
- City Noise Ordinance
Vacation Rental License Program Virtual Q&A Sessions
To assist property owners with meeting compliance deadlines, the City hosted a number of virtual question and answer sessions via the Cisco WebEx Virtual Meeting application. Staff was on-hand to answer questions related to the vacation rental license program, licensure, inspections requirements and more. Those who are operating a vacation rental property are encouraged to watch the archived meeting videos. ARCHIVE VIDEO: Monday, March 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
- Who is required to have a City of Hollywood Vacation Rental License?
- What is a dwelling unit?
- How do I apply for a vacation rental license?
- How often do I need to renew my Vacation Rental License
- How many guests are permitted to stay in a vacation rental?
- I own a few vacation rental properties. Am I required to have a separate City Vacation Rental License for each one?
- What will happen if I do not register my vacation rental property?
- Why can't the City ban vacation rentals?
- What is the current Noise Ordinance?
- Can a vacation rental have a party?
- Whom do I call when I want to complain about a vacation rental?
- How do I report a vacation rental having a loud party and/or loud noise?
- How do I report guests at a vacation rental parking illegally?
- Can the Police "throw out" the renters of a vacation rental?
- What happens when the Police are called and respond to a vacation rental complaint?
- I rent a room out of my home as a vacation rental. Am I required to have a Vacation Rental License?
- I rent out the guest house/in-law quarters of my home as a vacation rental. Am I required to have a Vacation Rental License?
- How do I schedule an inspection of my property?
- How many garbage cans am I required to have?