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One of the keys to success in the short term rental (STR) market is understanding the comprehensive STR or vacation rental regulations of the city or town where you plan to invest. Zoning restrictions, registration, permit or licensing requirements, and taxes vary widely. Search to see how your city or town may be affected.

STR Regulations

Yes, Charleston, SC has an ordinance that limits short term rentals and regulates vacation rentals. It requires property owners obtain a license based on their property location, which are divided into categories. Category 1, 2, and 3 Residential and Commercial.      

Zoning Restrictions

The city is divided into categories - Category 1, 2, and 3 Residential and Commercial. The ordinance outlines guidance for residential zoned STRs in Categories 1, 2 and 3 that allows for STR permits for accessory units of an owner's primary residence provided it meets certain criteria. For more details please see below.

Permit or License

The ordinance requires that properties in Category 1, Category 2 and Category 3 STR Residential and Commercial STR obtain a permit. Permits do not transfer to new owners.

Short Term rental / Airbnb Regulations

For the most up-to-date information on short term rental regulations please click the links below to access the city website(s) and email address. Please notify us if there are any errors in the data.

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