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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 Panama City Beach, FL has STR regulations. They consider short term rentals a business and require licensing as a business. In addition, the city also notes "If you are using VRBO, HomeAway, Airbnb or such like companies YOU are responsible for reporting and submitting your one percent (1%) BTR to the City of Panama City Beach."              

Zoning Restrictions

Permit or License

Yes, a business license is required to rent on a short term basis. A pre-license inspection is required for any business operating as a short-term rental property. No person shall engage in or manage any business, occupation or profession within the city limits of the City without first obtaining a Business Tax Receipt (BTR). Please complete the New Business Questionnaire and submit for approval to get started.

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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