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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. The city of Gulf Shores, AL has an ordinance in place for STR regulations. This ordinance stipulates that a property owner must apply for a business license to operate a short term rental. It also outlines safety measures and property standards required to obtain the license and remain in good standing. In addition, the city imposes a lodging tax on all short term rentals. See below for up to date details.

Zoning Restrictions

Permit or License

Yes, a business license is required to rent on a short term basis, which is considered any rental period less than 180 days. The license must be renewed annually on Jan 1.

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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