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Code Compliance

Vacation Rental Registration Program

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Background: The Vacation Rental Registration Program regulates vacation rentals as defined in Section 509.242 of the Florida Statutes (2015). Through the administration and enforcement of the Vacation Rental Registration Program, the Code Compliance Division ensures that vacation rental operators meet all local and state license and tax requirements. The division also ensures that each vacation rental property meets minimum housing and life safety standards outlined in Article X – Vacation Rentals, of Chapter 15 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Fort Lauderdale. Ordinance No. C-16-25 is the ordinance that governs the administration and enforcement of the City's Vacation Rental Registration Program. The fee schedule for the program can be found in Resolution 15-183 , and is as follows:

Vacation Rental Fee Schedule
Vacation Rental New Registration Fee (per unit) $750.00
Renewal Registration Fee (per unit) $500.00
Safety Inspection, Re-Inspection and No-Show Inspection (per unit) $75.00
Late Registration Payment Fee (per unit) $75.00
Transfer Rental Agent Fee (per unit) $35.00
Business Tax License Fee (per unit) $157.50

VACATION RENTAL APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

 VACATION RENTAL INSPECTION DOCUMENTS

VACATION RENTAL ENFORCEMENT

VACATION RENTAL APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Email completed Vacation Rental Registration Application and Affidavit and Business Tax Application, and all State and County licenses/certificates to vacationrental@fortlauderdale.gov. Please review the  Vacation Rental Document Checklist prior to submitting your applications to prevent your application from being rejected. All documents must be submitted electronically. Applications will not  be accepted in-person or via regular mail. Incomplete applications will be rejected. 
  2. Once the City receives the completed documents, an email with a link to pay the Vacation Rental Registration Fee and Business Tax Application Fee will be sent to the applicant. Do not contact the Business Tax Office for a link to pay.
  3. Once all fees are paid, an inspector will contact you to schedule an appointment. In preparation for your inspection, please review the Vacation Rental Inspection Checklist, and ensure that your property meets the requirements.  
  4. If the property passes all inspections, the Business Tax Receipt and Vacation Rental Certificate of Compliance are issued.
  5. If the property fails the property maintenance and/or life safety inspection, you will receive 10 days to bring the property into compliance, and contact the inspector for a reinspection. A reinspection fee of $75.00 will be assessed for each reinspection.

Please send all complaints regarding the suspected illegal operation of vacation rentals to cenforcement@fortlauderdale.gov. Please include the property address and supporting photos and/or documentation to validate your complaint. A list of applicants that have registered and/or that have been issued a Certificate of Compliance can be viewed at Vacation Rental Registration Program Report - Applicants. A list of properties that have been reported and/or that have been discovered to be operating illegally can be viewed at Vacation Rental Properties Reported. The list of properties reported does include properties that were reported and/or discovered, but that are in the process of registering.

BUSINESS-RELATED AGENCIES

Required Licenses and Certificates
(These agencies are listed in the order for which they must be applied.)

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Licensure for Transient Public Lodging Establishment

http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/index.html

Florida Department of Revenue Sales Tax Collection Registration

http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/taxes/registration.html

Broward County Business Tax Receipt

Formerly Known As:

Broward County Occupational License

Board of County Commissioners, Broward County, Florida

Finance and Administrative Services Department

REVENUE COLLECTION DIVISION ~ Tax & License Section

115 S. Andrews Avenue Room A-100, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301 (954) 831-4000

https://www.broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury/TaxesFees/Documents/OccupationalLicense.pdf  

Broward County Tourist Development Tax

Office Location: 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room A-110, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Mailing Address: Tourist Development Tax Section Broward County Tax Collector 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room A-110 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone:954-357-8455 Fax:954-357-6524

Email: touristax@broward.org  

City of Fort Lauderdale Business Tax Receipt

Payments: https://ebiz.fortlauderdale.gov/egovplus/license/buslic.aspx

 

Please do not contact the  Business Tax Office directly. Your business tax application will be processed simutaneously with your vacation rental application.

Additional Resources

Sunbiz Worksheet (This is the sheet with the info for the registered agent, managing member and information regarding the filing status with the State of Florida)

City of Fort Lauderdale Code Compliance – Vacation Rental Program

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