Short Term Rental Permit Information

Short Term Rental Application Guide
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Short Term Rental 9 Month Ordinance Review

View the February 7, 2019 Short Term Rental Ordinance Review Public Forum Presentation (PDF).


The City of Charleston has recently passed an Ordinance (PDF) to regulate short term rentals STRs in all areas of the city, which will take effect on July 10th, 2018. To qualify for legal short term renting under this new ordinance, the residential property must:

  • Contain a third parking space for the additional STR use. If the property contains multiple Dwelling Units, each must have adequate legal parking in addition to the one required STR space.
  • Meet zone specific criteria based on property location in either Category 1 (Old and Historic District), Category 2 (outside existing STR Overlay/Old and Historic District on peninsula), Category 3 (non-peninsula area), or the Short Term Rental Overlay
  • Serve as the owner’s full time primary residence, as verified by receiving the County’s 4% tax exemption for owner-occupied property.
    • While the host does not have to be present for the complete duration of their guests’ stay, they must be “generally available” and sleep overnight at the property whenever it is being rented
  1. Fire & Safety
  2. Qualifying Residential Unit
  3. Online Applications

Review the following for fire and safety information:

Additional Questions

More questions? Email us or call us at 843-724-3781.

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Additional Information

If applying online use the Internet Explorer internet browser and remember to upload the appropriate attachments before submitting your application. Failing to do so can slow down the review process for your application. Please see our Permit Submission User Guide (PDF) for step by step instructions on how to apply online.

To file a complaint regarding an STR please submit a request online through our Citizen Support Center or call 843-724-7311.

Did you know? You can search for active permits using the permit search option on the CitizenAccess Portal. You can search by address or permit type. STR permits are categorized as operational permits.