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Short Term Rental Task Force
Overview

Short Term Rentals have been on the rise due to use of online platforms such as HomeAway, AirBnB, and VRBO. However, in many cities, including Charleston, the allowance of short term rentals is restricted through existing laws and ordinances. How to regulate short term rentals is an issue currently being addressed in other cities across the country. The City of Charleston is conducting its evaluation of short term rentals and associated accommodations regulations through a Short Term Rental Task Force, made up of citizens appointed by the Mayor and City Council Members. 

Please check this webpage for updates to the Task Force Meeting dates, times, and locations


Future Meeting Dates

A special meeting of the City of Charleston Planning Commission will be held at 5:00 p.m., on Thursday, October 5, 2017 in the Public Meeting Room, 1st Floor, 2 George St. The Planning Commission will be considering the recommendations from the Task Force voted on at the September 25, 2017 Meeting

Public Comment Submission

Public Comment will be taken at the the October 5, 2017 Planning Commission Meeting. An additional public hearing will be held at City Council (Date will be posted when scheduled)


Results from Preservation Society of Charleston Short Term Rental Public Comment Survey

Results from HomeAway Phone Survey

Public Listening Sessions

Four public listening sessions will be held at different locations around the City in order to provide opportunity for public input. Residents of Daniel Island are encouraged to attend session 1 or 2.

Session #1: Thursday, March 16th 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at Synagogue Emanu-El (West Ashley). 5 Windsor Dr, Charleston, SC 29407. Ample lot parking on-site. Meeting in the Social Hall.


Session #2: Saturday, March 25th 2:30 PM-4:30 PM at Charleston Charter School of Math and Science (North Peninsula). 1002 King St, Charleston, SC 29403. Some street parking. Ample lot parking at Food Lion across the street. Meeting in the Auditorium.


Session #3: Thursday, April 20th 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at James Island Christian School (James and Johns Islands). 15 Crosscreek Dr, Charleston, SC 29412. Ample lot parking on-site. Some street parking.  Meeting likely in Dority Hall, though exact Hall on-site may change depending on Church and School needs.


Session #4: Thursday, May 18th 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue (Lower Peninsula). 90 Hasell St, Charleston, SC 29401. Limited Street Parking. Ample lot parking in the Wentworth Garage at the corner of Wentworth and St. Philip Streets (about 1000 feet away), which will be validated. Meeting in the Barbara Pearlstine Social Hall. 

Summary of Comments from Public Input Sessions


Documents & Links
NOTE: A Final Version of the Approved Ordinance and Recommendations from the Task Force will be Posted when Available 


Research
Folder with research from other cities, links, and other ordinances
 
November 30, 2016 Meeting
Names & Bios of Task Force Members
Task Force Presentation – November 30, 2016
Accommodations Ordinances & Maps
Short Term Rental Research of Other Cities
AirDNA Charleston Area Market Reports

January 31, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - January 31, 2017
Task Force Presentation – January 31, 2017

March 2, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - March 2, 2017

June 13, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - June 13, 2017
Task Force Presentation - June 13, 2017
Summary of Comments from Public Input Sessions

July 11, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - July 11, 2017
Task Force Presentation - July 11, 2017

July 25, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - July 25, 2017

August 8, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - August 8, 2017
Task Force Handout - August 8, 2017

August 22, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - August 22, 2017
Task Force Presentation - August 22, 2017

August 29, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - August 29, 2017
Task Force Summary of Recommendations & Key Points

September 20, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - September 20, 2017
Task Force Handout Summary of Recommendations

September 25, 2017 Meeting
Short Term Rental Task Force Meeting Agenda - September 25, 2017
DRAFT Ordinance 
STR City Comparison Chart
City Historic Districts and STR Overlay Map
City Staff Policy Recommendations