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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

Savannah, GA passed vacation rental regulations and require that all owners complete an application process and obtain a short-term vacation rental (STVR) certificate. Savannah considers any vacation rental less than 30 days a short term rental. There are zoning guidelines and owner-occupied parcels are exempt from the zoning cap.

Zoning Restrictions

Savannah permits STVRs within the short-term vacation rental overlay district, which includes the Downtown, Victorian and Streetcar local historic districts. Outside of this overlay, they are only permitted in certain Business and Agriculture zoning classifications (B-C, B-N, B-L and A-1). Within the Downtown and Victorian districts, new STVRs in residential areas are subject to a cap of 20% of residential parcels within each ward, which is a historic division of the city roughly corresponding to a square with its surrounding blocks.

Permit or License

Please visit the website below for a link to the application to obtain an STVR certificate. All applications filed before September 28, 2017 are “grandfathered” and can be renewed.

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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